The Uttar Pradesh Cabinet Minister Om Prakash Rajbhar has once again targeted the senior alliance partner Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) and has dared the party to take an action against him.
Rajbhar’s remark came after the state BJP chief Mahendra Nath Pandey warned him to mend his ways and follow the principles of the alliance.
Rajbhar who is the national president of Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP) is targeting the BJP including its state chief minister over various issues ever since coming to power.
While speaking to media in Varanasi, he said, “I dare the BJP to take action against me and the results would be visible to the party in 2019 Lok Sabha polls and even beyond that.
I am not scared of any action,” said Rajbhar.
He also challenged the BJP to take action against their own leaders like Bahraich MP Savitribai Phule and some of the MLA’s who have been criticising their own party and its policies in public, before speaking anything against him.
His remark comes as a response to UP BJP Chief, Mahendra Nath Pandey, who without directly naming Rajbhar said, Leaders issuing a statement against the government should mend their ways. We are walking the extra mile to accommodate our alliance partner and they should also follow the principles of the alliance. If leaders continue to oppose the government in public then strict action would be taken,” said Pandey over a spree of allegations against BJP by Rajbhar.
Replying to Rajbhar’s open challenge, BJP spokesperson Manish Shukla said, “Rajbhar is a cabinet minister in the Uttar Pradesh government. He is our alliance partner and it’s important for both of us to follow the principles of the alliance. We are going to fight the upcoming Lok Sabha polls on the development agenda of PM Narendra Modi. It’s important to show restraint in language and respect each other,” said Shukla.
Om Prakash Rajbhar had recently accused the BJP of being casteist. He also targeted the state government for ignoring the Dalits and backward classes across the state.
Rajbhar had once openly threatened to pull out of an alliance with BJP after which he was called to Delhi and the matter was settled by BJP national president Amit Shah.