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Asaduddin Owaisi joins hands with Rajbhar for 2022 UP polls

The Morcha comprises eight parties, including former BSP leader and minister Babu Singh Khushwaha’s Jan Adhikar Party, SBSP and Krishna Patel’s Apna Dal.

Written by Asad Rehman | Lucknow | Updated: December 17, 2020 1:38:02 am
Asaduddin Owaisi, Asaduddin Owaisi in up, Asaduddin Owaisi meets op rajbhar, aimim, up elections 2022, indian expressAIMIM's Asaduddin Owaisi met met SBSP chief Om Prakash Rajbhar, a former BJP ally, on Wednesday. (Source: Twitter/@oprajbhar)

After a good showing in the Bihar elections, All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief and MP Asaddudin Owaisi met former BJP ally and Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party (SBSP) chief Om Prakash Rajbhar here on Wednesday and announced that his party would join the Bhagidari Sankalp Morcha—a coalition of small parties in the state formed a year ago.

The Morcha comprises eight parties, including former BSP leader and minister Babu Singh Khushwaha’s Jan Adhikar Party, SBSP and Krishna Patel’s Apna Dal.

Following the meeting, Rajbhar said, “Till yesterday, people used to say that OP Rajbhar is all alone, and what can he do? Now, Owaisiji has come, we will show our power.”

Referring to the Bhagidari Sankalp Morcha, Rajbhar said, “We will contest the 2022 Uttar Pradesh elections together.”

The SBSP chief contested the 2017 state elections as a BJP ally and was appointed a minister in the government. He quit the alliance before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections after his outfit failed to reach an understanding with the BJP on seat-sharing.

After the meeting, Owaisi told reporters, “We have spoken today [with Rajbhar] and will be with Bhagidari Sankalp Morcha and if God wishes, we will hold public meetings from January…”

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