Rajbhar’s party to decide on tie-up with SP on Aug. 27
The Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP), a former ally of the BJP, will decide on the tie-up with the Samajwadi Party (SP) for the upcoming bypolls in the State on August 27. SBSP national general secretary Arvind Rajbhar here on Sunday said, “On August 27, party office-bearers and workers will hold a meeting in Lucknow, in which a decision to forge ties with the SP for the upcoming bypolls in the State will be taken.” Mr. Rajbhar added that discussions were held regarding the upcoming bypolls at a recent meeting between SP chief Akhilesh Yadav and SBSP president Om Prakash Rajbhar. Om Prakash Rajbhar had met Akhilesh Yadav here on Friday. The Rajbhars account for around 4% of the total electorate in the State. The community has a sizable strength in Azamgarh, Mau, Ghosi, Ballia, Salempur, Jaunpur, Lalganj Ghazipur and Deoria. The Rajbhars constitute 20% of the Purvanchal population and regarded as the second most politically dominant community after the Yadavs in eastern U.P. Om Prakash Rajbhar was removed from the UP Cabinet by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, a day after the Lok Sabha polls concluded, for making embarrassing statements against the BJP. Outbursts against BJPDuring the Lok Sabha campaign, Mr. Rajbhar had said BJP members should be “thrashed” with shoes. As his outburst against the BJP grew louder, Mr. Adityanath sacked him from his Cabinet on May 20.A recalcitrant Om Prakash Rajbhar had soon afterwards welcomed the decision by the Chief Minister. “I welcome the decision (to sack me). The decision taken by the Chief Minister was a delayed one,” he had said.