UP Governor Ram Naik accepts Yogi Adityanath’s request; sacks SBSP Om Prakash Rajbhar from State Cabinet

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Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik on Monday accepted the recommendation of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and sacked Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party chief OM Prakash Rajbhar from the post of Minister in the state. Rajbhar who held a portfolio of Backward Class Welfare & ‘Divyangjan’ Empowerment in state cabinet has been hitting headlines because of his rift with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

7 members of Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party including Om Prakash Rajbhar’s son Arvind Rajbhar also dismissed from their services in committees set up by Uttar Pradesh Government with immediate effect.

SBSP Chief Om Prakash Rajbhar welcome the move by UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. Speaking to the news agency, Rajbhar said ‘We welcome his decision. Chief Minister has taken a very good decision. He formed the Social Justice Committee and threw its report in a dustbin, he didn’t have spare time to implement it. I request him to implement the Social Justice Committee’s report as quickly as he took this decision today.’

Things haven’t been smooth between the Bharatiya Janata Party and the SBSP for the past one year following Rajbhar’s demand for sub-categorization of the Other Backward Classes’ quota in the state.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also recommended that all other Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party (SBSP) members holding the rank of minister of state be removed immediately, an official spokesperson told media in Lucknow.

Rajbhar had on April 16 announced his disassociation from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the state. The Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP) had in 2017 Assembly Polls stitched an alliance with BJP and had won four assembly seat.

Reportedly, SBSP Chief Om Prakash Rajbhar was seeking to contest Lok Sabha Polls on his own party’s symbol under NDA Alliance. He earlier said he was asked to field a candidate on BJP symbol which Rajbhar disapproved. He insisted to use his party symbol even if the SBSP got just one seat to contest.

SBSP in a run-up to the national elections, breaking ties with NDA, announced to contest 39 Lok Sabha Seats in Uttar Pradesh.

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