Rajbhar himself was elected from the Zahoorabad assembly seat for the second consecutive time.

There is now a major turning point in events in Uttar Pradesh, where the BJP-led NDA had trumped the opposition alliance led by the Samajwadi Party (SP) in the recently concluded parliamentary elections. The NDA’s former ally, the Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP), led by Om Prakash Rajbhar, contested the election polls in conjunction with Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi party. According to various media reports, Rajbhar is likely to break his alliance with the SP and return to the NDA.

Rumors started spinning after Rajbhar reportedly met senior BJP leaders yesterday, including Home Secretary Amit Shah, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Sunil Bansal. It is also claimed that Rajbhar could also get a berth in Yogi Adityanath’s cabinet. However, there is no official confirmation in this regard, neither from the BJP nor from the SBSP.

Rajbhar, who parted ways with the BJP in 2019, this time won six of the 19 seats he contested. Rajbhar himself was elected from the Zahoorabad assembly seat for the second consecutive time. The Zahoorabad seat will be in Ghazipur district, where the NDA failed to win even a single seat. The BJP-led alliance secured an overwhelming majority as it won 273 of the 403 seats. The SP alliance won 125 seats. Anupriya Patel-led Apna Dal and Sanjay Nishad-led Nishad Party are the constituents of the BJP-led NDA in Uttar Pradesh.

Notably, Rajbhar had admitted that he felt defeat after the first stage of the seven-stage election. Two days after the results were announced on March 10, Rajbhar told media he was keeping his mouth shut even after he knew the alliance could not read people’s minds.

Yogi Adityanath will return as the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh. The NDA cabinet will be sworn in next week.


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