Even in the past, BJP had maintained that SBSP was not part of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) but an ally only in Uttar Pradesh. The core voter base of the SBSP is the Rajbhar community, which constitutes around 17-18 per cent of the population in the Purvanchal region.
Anupriya Patel’s Apna Dal (Sonelal) and O P Rajbhar’s SBSP have been flexing their muscle in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections. They draw their support from the same region and identify with several communities whose votes could be crucial to BJP.
The SBSP chief said that while the Supreme Court had earlier referred to the CBI as a “caged parrot”, the Modi government is also doing the same by misusing the central agency to nail its political opponents.