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Rebel Rajbhar backs Opposition candidates in UP

IANS  |  Lucknow 

In a fresh rebellion, dissident in Uttar Pradesh's government om Prakash Rajbhar, on Monday announced support for Opposition candidates in the seventh and the final phase of voting for the Lok Sabha elections.

(SBSP) Rajbhar, who claims to have walked out of the miffed over denial of expected numbers of tickets, has already fielded 39 candidates for seats in the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh phases.

Again playing spoiler to the BJP's plans, Rajbhar, who has considerable clout in in eastern Uttar Pradesh, has declared support for the candidate in Mirzapur and SP-BSP-RLD alliance candidates in Maharajganj and Bansgaon.

SBSP told reporters that the decision had been taken following rejection of nomination papers of his party candidates on these seats.

He said the decision was taken on the advice of party workers, who would campaign to defeat the BJP on these seats.

Things haven't been smooth between the BJP and the SBSP for the past one year following Rajbhar's demand for sub-categorisation of the Other Backward Classes' quota.

--IANS

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First Published: Tue, May 14 2019. 14:04 IST
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