Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj party leader Om Prakash Rajbhar said on Sunday that his party was no longer allied with the Samajwadi party and indicated that it could move closer to the BSP.
His remarks came a day after the Samajwadi Party (SP) wrote to Om Prakash Rajbhar and Shivpal Singh Yadav that they are free to go wherever they feel they can get more respect. He had also accused Rajbhar of hanging out with the BJP.
“Our (SBSP) alliance with Samajwadi party is no more. Akhilesh Yadav is unable to control his uncle Shivpal Yadav and his sister-in-law Aparna Yadav, so how is he going to control me? He doesn’t listen to anyone” , Om Prakash Rajbhar told reporters.
He repeated that he said SP leader Akhilesh Yadav was playing politics in “air-conditioned rooms” instead of working in the field.
Asked about forming alliances, the leader of the SBSP said: “Some party leaders are of the opinion that we should go with the BSP. I also personally think that we should speak with the BSP. Azamgarh.”
He also said that the BSP chief “Mayawati spends more time in the field than Akhilesh Yadav”. Om Prakash Rajbhar has accused Akhilesh Yadav of bias in distributing tickets during the recent UP Assembly elections.
The Samajwadi party had fought assembly polls alongside Jayant Chaudhary’s RLD, Om Prakash Rajbhar’s SBSP, Apna Dal (Kamerawadi), Shivpal Yadav’s Pragatisheel Samajwadi (Lohia) party, Mahan Dal’s Keshav Dev Maurya and Janwadi party.
But after the alliance failed to dislodge the BJP, there was speculation of its collapse.
The Mahan Dal and the Janwadi party have already severed their ties with the SP.
The SP now finds itself with only RLD and Apna Dal (Kamerawadi) as alliance partners.
Om Prakash Rajbhar’s closeness to the ruling Bharatiya Janata party was visible during the presidential election.
After the defeat of the SP in the districts of Azamgarh and Rampur Lok Sabha, Om Prakash Rajbhar had advised Akhilesh Yadav to go among the people and not to do politics from an air-conditioned room.
Om Prakash Rajbhar’s party won six seats in recent National Assembly elections.
Om Prakash Rajbhar, a powerful backward leader influential in the eastern districts of the UP, fought the 2017 assembly elections in the UP with the BJP, but later split and joined the SP-led alliance.