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Rajbhar's party threatens to quit NDA over sub-quota demand

Press Trust of India  |  Lucknow 

In fresh alliance trouble for the in Uttar Pradesh, Om Prakash Rajbhar's SBSP on Monday threatened to break its alliance with the saffron party and join the opposition coalition if its demand of sub-quota in the existing OBC reservation was not met.

Suheldev (SBSP) Arvind Rajbhar, son of the Om Prakash Rajbhar, said the coming together of arch-rivals and in had posed a "big challenge" for the

"I think the alliance is a big challenge for the If it doesn't agree to the demand of sub-categorisation of OBC quota put forward by Om Prakash Rajbhar, this alliance will remain a big challenge for the BJP," he told

Om Prakash Rajbhar, a in the Yogi Adityanath-led government in the state, has been vocal about implementing an expert group recommendation on sub-categorisation of the 27 per cent OBC quota into three categories to benefit the most backward castes.

Asked if his party could join the opposition alliance in case the SBSP's demands were not met, said: "We haven't had any talks with the opposition. If the BJP doesn't agree to our demand (sub-categorisation), in that scenario, we can go into the grand alliance, all options are open.

"The also wants that we should align with them and the 'Mahagathbandhan' (SP-BSP) also wants that we join them," he said.

Arvind Rajbhar's remarks come about a week after another constituent (Sonelal) warned the BJP of going to "any extent" if it does not change its attitude to smaller parties in the ruling coalition.

SBSP has four MLAs in Uttar Pradesh, while (S) has nine. The BJP has a huge majority with more than 300 MLAs in the state's 404-member legislative assembly.

(S) had told party members in that the party can take "any decision" but did not elaborate.

"Our party (Apna Dal-S) has been in alliance with the BJP since 2014 and is discharging the alliance dharma with full honesty. But in it is not at all getting the respect, which it deserves," Patel had said.

"You (BJP) should change your behaviour, otherwise our leader (Anupriya Patel) can take any decision or go to any extent. Whatever decision our leader takes, the entire party will support it," he had asserted.

SBSP on Saturday had also said the newly-formed SP-BSP alliance will put up a strong fight in this year's Lok Sabha elections.

"The country is witnessing an era of coalition, and no party has the courage to go to the polls alone. The SP-BSP alliance is a strong alliance, and it will put up a strong contest in the elections, " the had said.

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First Published: Mon, January 14 2019. 19:55 IST