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OP Rajbhar meets Akhilesh, says SP and SBSP set to seal poll alliance

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OP Rajbhar meets Akhilesh, says SP and SBSP set to seal poll alliance
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OP Rajbhar meets Akhilesh, says SP and SBSP set to seal poll alliance
OP Rajbhar meets Akhilesh, says SP and SBSP set to seal poll alliance

LUCKNOW: Hours after a surprise meeting with Samajwadi Party national chief Akhilesh Yadav, estranged ally of the ruling BJP and president of the Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP) Om Prakash Rajbhar on Wednesday announced that his outfit was set to enter into an alliance with the SP.
Rajbhar did not rule out the possibility of Asaduddin Owaisi’s All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) joining the alliance as well.
He said a formal announcement on the alliance would be made at a mahapanchayat, a mega rally of smaller parties fighting for the rights of the poor and the deprived, which will be held in Mau on October 27.
The announcement came at a hurriedly convened press conference barely a couple of hours after an hour-long meeting between Akhilesh Yadav and Rajbhar.
Underlining his commitment towards the alliance, Rajbhar announced that there was no question of going with the BJP.
Responding to a media query about his plans if the efforts to finalise the seat-sharing formula with the SP fail, Rajbhar said: “We will stay with the Samajwadi Party even if we don’t get a single seat.”
Attacking the BJP, Rajbhar said it was involved in politics of hate and added that traders and youths were suffering due to the government’s policies.
He said the Bhagidari Sankalp Morcha (BSM), which has Rajbhar’s SBSP and Owaisi’s AIMIM as main constituents, had also approached the BSP and Congress for an alliance.
“Our demands include caste-based census, dedicated policies for empowerment of the poor and deprived from all religions and castes, and free power supply for domestic use. Samajwadi Party national president came forward and accepted our demands as legitimate,” Rajbhar, who is also the convenor of the Morcha, said.
Asked about the other constituents of BSM, like AIMIM, which are not ready to be a part of the alliance with the SP, Rajbhar said the picture would be clear in the next few days.
He said a meeting of the Morcha would be held within a couple of days to set the ball rolling for the Mau Mahapanchayat.
On a specific query on the possibility of Owaisi joining him to side with SP, Rajbhar said: “One aspect of the alliance has been finalised. The second part will be chalked out soon.”
Senior SP leaders believe that the alliance with SBSP would help it in Purvanchal region.
“Voters in east UP had helped BJP perform well in the 2017 assembly polls. They are now feeling betrayed and cheated by the BJP in view of price rise, increasing joblessness and pathetic law and order situation. This time they are waiting to teach the BJP a lesson,” said a senior SP leader.
The development has put a question mark on the future of the Bhagidari Sankalp Morcha that Rajbhar had formed after joining hands with AIMIM and smaller regional outfits to contest the 2022 assembly elections in UP.
Other smaller parties in the Morcha include Bhagidari Party(P), led by Premchandra Prajapati, Bharatiya Vanchit Samaj Party, Bharatiya Manav Samaj Party, Janata Kranti Party (R) and Rashtra Uday Party, among others.
Recently Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Ravan had also agreed to join the Morcha.

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