‘SP is a dramatic night’: Ally OP Rajbhar takes over as Akhilesh Yadav leads the way in UP

Even as Samajwadi party leader Akhilesh Yadav led a march towards UP Vidhan Bhavan, his ally Om Prakash Rajbhar lashed out at the opposition’s record. Calling SP a “drama party”, he questioned the party led by Akhilesh Yadav for not doing enough on key causes when in power. A minister in the cabinet led by Yogi Adityanath until 2019, Rajbhar was a fierce critic of the government of Uttar Pradesh and the Center after he split from the Saffron Party. While he joined the SP in October 2021, they failed to dislodge the BJP from power in the Assembly elections held earlier this year.

Party leader Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj, OP Rajbhar remarked: “Samajwadi party is a drama party. They are just acting. They have been in power 4 times. During their government 4 times, have they worked on the issues (which they take to the streets for today?) When you gave your support to the Delhi government on the issue of 17 castes, you got the Ministry of Defence. Did you raise your voice a only once in Parliament to ask for the inclusion of 17 castes in the list of scheduled castes? You did not do so, be it BSP, SP or BJP.”

He added, “Even the previous BJP government passed a proposal. But it was not endorsed by the BJP government in Delhi. The High Court quashed it. when they were in power? It was a government with an absolute majority. Who prevented them from setting up free education?

Although Rajbhar retained the Zahoorabad seat in the Assembly polls, his son Arvind lost the election to BJP’s Anil Rajbhar in Shivpur. Since then, he has repeatedly claimed that Yadav has become “too used to air-conditioned rooms” and advised him to venture out more to interact with people. Angered by SBSP’s support for Draupadi Murmu in the presidential election, SP posted a tweet on July 23 accusing Rajbhar of being in cahoots with the BJP and clarified that he was free to leave the alliance.

SP’s show of force

During the march led by the leader of the opposition of the UP, the deputies of the SP and the MLC will raise the problems of unemployment, rising prices, crime against women and the poor situation of the public order in the state. The walk started at the SP office and will pass by Raj Bhavan and the Gandhi statue located near the General Post Office before culminating at Vidhan Bhavan. Speaking to the media, SP chief spokesman Rajendra Chaudhary claimed that social harmony was in danger as the Yogi Adityanath-led government is working with a “revenge mentality”.