Former BJP ally claims alliance with army chief Bhim for UP elections

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Om Prakash Rajbhar, of the Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj party, said the alliance would be announced on October 27.

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Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj (SBSP) party leader Om Prakash Rajbhar said on Wednesday that army chief Bhim Chandrashekhar Azad would soon be part of Bhagidari Sankalp Morcha and that an official announcement in this regard will be made during ‘a rally on October 27. a front of like-minded political parties led by Mr Rajbhar, a former ally of the BJP.

“I had a meeting with AIMIM Chief Asaduddin Owaisi and Army Chief Bhim Chandrashekhar Azad Ravan in Lucknow on Tuesday which was very fruitful. Army chief Bhim has given his consent to join Bhagidari Sankalp Morcha, ”Om Prakash Rajbhar told PTI.

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AIMIM had recently announced that it would contest 100 seats in the state assembly polls next year by approaching the SBSP led by Rajbhar and its Bhagidari Sankalp Morcha.

Mr. Rajbhar, who was a minister in Yogi Adityanath’s government, resigned before the Lok Sabha elections in 2019. He then launched Bhagidari Sankalp Morcha as a political front of small parties.

Mr Rajbhar said during talks with the two leaders, the strategy for the upcoming elections in Uttar Pradesh was discussed and it was decided that the first large morcha gathering would be held in Haldharpur in Mau district on October 27 the day of the foundation. by SBSP.

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During the rally, Bhim’s army chief will officially make an announcement regarding his morcha membership, he said, adding that the next rally would be held on November 27 in Sandila in the Hardoi district.

Other gatherings are planned later in Kanpur, Moradabad and Basti. Besides Mr. Owaisi and Mr. Azad, leaders of all morcha parties will speak at these rallies, he said. The Uttar Pradesh-based Bhim Army was found in 2014 to fight for the rights of Dalits. Mr Azad then formed the Azad Samaj party in March 2020 to participate in electoral politics and allied with the Jan Adhikar party led by Pappu Yadav in the Bihar Assembly elections. When asked if the Vikassheel Insan party would also join his morcha, Rajbhar said his Bihar president and cabinet minister Mukesh Sahni informed he would clarify his position by October 15.

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The SBSP chief said he hoped Mr. Sahni would attend the rally on October 27. Asked about an alliance with the Samajwadi party, Rajbhar said he had yet to meet with his national president Akhilesh Yadav or speak to any party leader on the matter. The SBSP contested the 2017 Assembly polls in alliance with the BJP and won four seats.

The Rajbhars constitute 20 percent of the Poorvanchal population and are considered the second most politically dominant community after the Yadavs in eastern Uttar Pradesh.

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