VARANASI: A day after meeting Samajwadi Party (SP) supremo Akhilesh Yadav in Lucknow and claiming that his outfit was set to enter into an alliance with the SP, Suheldeo Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP) chief Om Prakash Rajbhar on Thursday said that “the SP supremo will attend the SBSP rally at Haldharpur in Mau on its foundation day on October 27 where the formal announcement of the alliance will be made.” Rajbhar claimed that only the party that will have an alliance with SBSP will win the 2022 poll in UP to form the next government. “The decision regarding the number of seats to be given to his party in the proposed alliance with SP has yet not been taken, but he was ready to accept any number of seats for contesting the assembly poll,” Rajbhar told reporters here on Thursday. “The ground is clear for an alliance between the SP and SBSP led ‘Bhagidari Sankalp Morcha’. The formal announcement of this alliance will be made by the SP chief at SBSPs rally on its foundation day at Haldharpur area in Mau district on October 27,” he added. He further said, “There is no dispute on the issue of seat-sharing. Our target is to ensure the defeat of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and oust it from power,” said Rajbhar, claiming that the BJP had assured to give 22 seats to SBSP, but spared only eight to contest in the 2017 poll.” “As I had committed to contest as a BJP ally, we fought on only those eight seats,” said Rajbhar. He further claimed that only that party comes to power in UP which enjoys his support. “In the last assembly polls, we were with BJP and it came to power. This time we are going with SP and it will definitely come to power.” Regarding his decision to form an alliance with SP, Rajbhar said, “Our issues are similar. SBSP and SP are demanding caste-wise census, implementation of social justice committee report, relief in power tariff for domestic consumers, free health facilities for women, employment for youths and security for women.” He alleged that “BJP has disturbed social harmony while people want relief from inflation and corruption”.

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