New Delhi: After sending out feelers on his decision for a long time, six-time Independent MLA from Uttar Pradesh’s Kunda constituency Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiya on Friday announced that he would be floating a new political party, reported ANI.

Addressing media, Raja Bhaiya said, “I have completed 25 years in politics. I have been an Independent politician and MLA, so now I have decided to form a political party. I have approached the Election Commission (EC) for registration.”

The MLAs supporters had even launched a social media campaign to seek public opinion on the political course he should take, a source. Almost 80 per cent of the people suggested that he should float a new party.

A controversial strongman from Pratapgarh, Raja Bhaiya has served as a minister during the regimes of Kalyan Singh, Ram Prakash Gupta, Rajnath Singh and Akhilesh Yadav. He wields considerable clout among the Thakur voters.

Earlier this year, Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav had indicated that Raja Bhaiya did not appear to be on his side. Raja Bhaiya had reportedly not voted for BSP candidate Bhim Rao Ambedkar in the Rajya Sabha polls despite promising support.

Raja Bhaiya was present at the dinner hosted by the SP before the polls and had said he was with Yadav. He had also met Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath during the polls.

The SP had reached an understanding with the BSP to ensure the candidate put up by Mayawati’s party is elected from one of the 10 seats that went to the polls in the state