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Decision to contest alone final, won’t change even if BJP calls: Om Prakash Rajbhar

Om Prakash had then claimed that he offered to resign from the government, which was not accepted by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

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SBSP chief Om Prakash Rajbhar. (PTI Photo/File)

SUHELDEV BHARATIYA Samaj Party (SBSP) president and Uttar Pradesh cabinet minister Om Prakash Rajbhar on Sunday said that his decision to contest the Lok Sabha election in Uttar Pradesh on his own is final and won’t change even if the BJP calls them now.

This comes as BJP announced its sitting MP Harinarayan Rajbhar as the candidate from Ghosi constituency. According to sources, Om Prakash wanted this seat for his son Arvind Rajbhar, but the BJP had put a condition that he will have to contest on a BJP ticket.

Earlier on Tuesday, SBSP had announced candidates on 39 seats, including Varanasi, Lucknow and Gorakhpur. Om Prakash had then claimed that he offered to resign from the government, which was not accepted by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

Meanwhile, maintaining that the alliance between the SBSP and BJP was for the Assembly elections, SBSP general secretary Arun Rajbhar said that the alliance could not be forged for the Lok Sabha elections as the BJP wanted SBSP candidates to contest on their symbol.

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“Now they declare their candidates. We are not going even if they call us. We are already starting our electoral rally in Ballia. Tomorrow we have our programme in Chandauli and the next day in Ambedkar Nagar. We have already planned our programmes for the next 25 days,” said Om Prakash on Sunday.

“We are officially still in the government. We had an alliance for the 2017 Vidhan Sabha elections. As we were not able to have an alliance
for the Lok Sabha elections, we are freely contesting 39 candidates on our own. If the BJP wants then the alliance would continue in the
next Vidhan Sabha election. We tried to get two Lok Sabha tickets from the BJP, but they asked us to fight on their symbol. Our supporters then said that it is better to fight on our own symbol. We will be with the BJP in 2022 Vidhan Sabha if they want, ” said Arun.

SBSP had entered into an alliance with the BJP before the 2017 Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh. In the past, Om Prakash gave several deadlines to the BJP to sort out the issues and had even met BJP national president Amit Shah and Yogi Adityanath.

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BJP announces two more candidates

BJP announced Hardeep Puri as candidate from Amritsar in Punjab, on Sunday. Puri is Rajya Sabha member from Uttar Pradesh and is also Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Housing and Urban Affairs.

In Madhya Pradesh, BJP has announced Shankar Lalwani as candidate for Indore constituency. Lalwani will replace party veteran Sumitra Mahajan who had recently announced that she does not want to contest.

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