Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party chief OP Rajbhar while speaking to ANI on Tuesday. Photo/ANI
Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party chief OP Rajbhar while speaking to ANI on Tuesday. Photo/ANI

LS polls: OP Rajbhar to go 'solo' in UP, claims BJP wants to eliminate SBSP

ANI | Updated: Apr 16, 2019 17:57 IST

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Apr 16 (ANI): Just two days before the second phase of the Lok Sabha polls, Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP) chief OP Rajbhar on Tuesday announced that his party will go 'solo'. He alleged that that the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) wanted to “eliminate” the SBSP as it did not give them a single ticket.
Talking about his plans of contesting Lok Sabha polls, Rajbhar said: “Our party will go 'solo' in this election and so far we have decided to field 39 candidates for this general election in the state."
SBSP is an ally of the BJP since 2017 and Rajbhar is a cabinet minister in the Uttar Pradesh government led by Yogi Adityanath.
"It was our attempt that we remain in the ‘gathbandhan’ with the BJP. In that hope, I have waited for so long. Three days ago, I was called by the Chief Minister and JP Nadda ji (Union Minister) who tried to convince me to fight elections from the BJP. I told them I will not fight elections from your party and your symbol," Rajbhar told ANI. 
"I also conveyed to them that I would contest on only one seat," he added.
Claiming that the BJP wants to eliminate his party just like Nishad party, Rajbhar said: "I called a meeting to review the situation yesterday. Every party has the right to field its own candidate. BJP wants to eliminate our party. Ballia is a very significant seat for us. We have contributed to getting the votes from Purvanchal for the formation of BJP government in UP."
"We are like 'use and throw' as BJP has formed government in Uttar Pradesh with our help but now their intention is clear.When I am asking for only one seat, they have denied me that and are asking me to fight from their symbol. They made Nishad party MP join BJP and gave him a ticket on its symbol. What about Nishad party?" he said.
In the run-up to the Lok Sabha polls, Nishad Party leader and Gorakhpur Lok Sabha MP Praveen Nishad joined the Bharatiya Janata Party on April 4.
Praveen, the son of party president Sanjay Nishad, joined BJP in the presence of Nadda.
Rajbhar has been critical of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath-led UP government and has attacked it on several occasions.
Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh are being held from April 11 and will go on till May 19 in all seven phases. Counting of votes will take place on May 23. (ANI)