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SBSP will remain in alliance, says Maurya after Rajbhar's statement to contest lone in LS polls

Press Trust of India  |  Ballia (UP) 

asserted Monday that the will remain in alliance with the in the state, hours after the SBSP said it will contest this Lok Sabha election "on its own".

"has been with and will remain with it in Lok Sabha elections," Maurya said when asked about the SPSP chief's statement on severing electoral ties with the

This morning, Rajbhar told reporters at his residence here, "SBSP will contest the Lok Sabha election on its own. It will field candidates on 25 seats in "

He said his party will announce its candidates soon.

His decision to contest alone in the Lok Sabha election is precipitated by a disagreement over candidature on a seat, where the BJP has proposed to field an SBSP candidate on its symbol. Rajbhar said he did not agree with the proposal during a meeting on April 13.

Rajbhar's son and SBSP said, "The alliance with BJP is for assembly polls and not for Lok Sabha elections."

The SBSP had won four seats in the 2017 Assembly election.

On Azam Khan's derogatory remarks, against rival BJP candidate from Rampur Jaya Prada, Maurya said a case has been filed and action is being initiated against the He also demand the to ban Khan from contesting elections.

"I urge the that in this case of humiliation of a woman, strict action be taken against the and he should be banned from contesting," Maurya said.

On Sunday, Khan, without taking any name, said, "It took you 17 years to understand her reality". "I recognised it in 17 days that she wears 'khaki' underwear."

The BJP has claimed that the boorish remark was made against Prada.

Earlier on Monday, addressing a Backward Caste Sammelan of his party in Baansdeeh area in district, Maurya attacked the Congress, claiming the work that could not be done in 55 years, has been done in the past five years of the BJP rule.

He also attacked the SP-BSP-RLD alliance, alleging governments run and supported by these parties at the Centre had looted funds and they have again come together to breed corruption.

"Can those who buy tickets by giving money work for development," he asked.

He also had a dig at Akhilesh Yadav, asking how someone who has no respect for his father and uncle have it for his 'bua'.

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First Published: Mon, April 15 2019. 19:05 IST