Om Prakash Rajbhar
New Delhi: Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj party leader Om Prakash Rajbhar claimed on Sunday that a top BJP leader had met him at his residence, which he had offered to challenge on his party’s ticket in assembly polls of Uttar Pradesh if the ruling party denied him the chance.
He also claimed that the Union Minister of State for Trade and Industry, Anupriya Patel, was in contact with the opposition Samajwadi (SP) party for the elections.
Rajbhar added that several BJP ministers are in contact with SP chief Akhilesh Yadav.
Rajbhar’s party has forged an alliance with the SP for the state assembly polls set to begin on February 10.
Speaking to a news channel, Party leader Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj (SBSP) said BJP ministers met Akhilesh Yadav late at night and then the SP leader asked for his opinion.
âA BJP leader met me over a cup of tea. I asked him where is he arguing from, after which he asked me the same question. I told him the list was not finalized yet. He then said he was preparing to run in the assembly constituency of Sarojini Nagar. Rajbhar said.
âI told him you are getting ready for the election and if the party (BJP) doesn’t give you a ticket then you can fight the polls on our party ticket,â he said.
An SBSP leader said the BJP leader in question was Dayashankar Singh, the UP vice-president of the BJP.
When contacted, Dayashankar Singh told PTI: âWe know each other very well and it was an informal meeting (with Rajbhar). “
At present, the Assembly constituency of Sarojini Nagar is owned by Minister of State Swati Singh, wife of Dayashankar Singh.
Meanwhile, Rajbhar also told PTI: âUnion Minister and President of Apna Dal (Sonelal) Anupriya Patel is in contact with the SP. Talks are underway between Anupriya and the SP leadership. defined in Uttar Pradesh. “
He said how far the talks have progressed, only Akhilesh Yadav can say something about it.
However, Ashish Patel, the incumbent chairman of Apna Dal (Sonelal), told PTI: âFor Rajbhar, it is enough to know that Apna Dal (S) is part of the NDA led by the BJP. The BJP continues, and this time the party will contest more seats than in the previous election. “
In the 2017 State Assembly polls, Apna Dal (S) ran as an ally of the BJP with 12 seats and won nine seats.