UP CM writes to Governor to dismiss OP Rajbhar from state cabinet, Guv accepts

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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday wrote to state governor Ram Naik requesting him to immediately dismiss Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP) chief OP Rajbhar from the state cabinet.

UP Governor Ram Naik immediately accepted the request, dismissing Rajbhar from the post of Minister for Backward Class Welfare & ‘Divyangjan’ Empowerment in the UP cabinet with immediate effect. Seven members of the SBSP, including Rajbhar’s son Arvind Rajbhar, were also dismissed from their services in committees set up by Uttar Pradesh government with immediate effect, news agency ANI reported.

On May 1, Rajbhar resigned from the cabinet but his resignation was not accepted. The SBSP chief stated that he has resigned from his post from over the seat-sharing agreement with the BJP. SBSP is an ally of the BJP since 2017.

Informing about the same, office of Chief Minister, Uttar Pradesh tweeted, “Today UP CM Yogi Adityanath has written a letter to Governor and have requested him for immediate dismissal of Backward Welfare Minister Om Prakash Rajbhar from the cabinet.”

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“I had resigned on the night of April 13 from the post of state minister when they (BJP) said that you have to contest on our symbol. I told them I will contest from only one seat but from my own party. However, they did not agree to that either. Following which, I immediately resigned but they did not accept my resignation,” said OP Rajbhar while speaking to media persons in the state capital.

Earlier on April 16, Rajbhar had announced that his party will go ‘solo’ in the ensuing Lok Sabha polls. He had alleged that the BJP wanted to “eliminate” the SBSP as it did not give them a single ticket.

(With ANI inputs)

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