Mr Rajbhar has busied himself in the past one year in stitching together an alliance of smaller parties.
Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party (SBSP) chief Om Prakash Rajbhar on Tuesday, two years after parting ways with the ruling BJP, met UP BJP chief Swatantra Dev Singh and vice-president Dayashankar Singh in Lucknow. Mr Rajbhar also hinted at the possibility of an alliance between the two parties ahead of the Assembly elections in UP due early next year.
Mr Rajbhar has busied himself in the past one year in stitching together an alliance of smaller parties. Initially, he had termed the meeting with the BJP leaders as “courtesy call” but later admitted he was open to the idea of realigning.
An OBC leader himself, Mr Rajbhar said: “The BJP is keen to forge an alliance… If our demands, including the announcement of a backward caste person as CM candidate, a census to collate the backward caste population, 33 per cent reservation for women in Lok Sabha, common and compulsory free education, free electricity to households, ban on liquor and implementation of Samajik Nyaya Samiti report are met, then we can consider an alliance.”
BJP state vice-president Dayashankar said: “It was just a courtesy visit, which has opened up possibilities for the future.”
“…While the meeting has opened possibilities, there are no conditions attached… During the recent Union Cabinet reshuffle, OBC leaders from UP were given prominence.”