According to sources, three of the four legislators of the Rajbhars Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party (SBSP) are reportedly in talks with the BJP and might join the Bharatiya Janata Party.
Rajbhar, who is aware of the development, said on Wednesday: “Whoever wants to go, can go. I am not going to stop anyone.”
The SBSP has four legislators — Rajbhar (Ghazipur), Kailash Nath Sonkar (Varanasi), Triveni Ram (Ghazipur) and Ramanand Baudh (Kushinagar) — in the 403-member Uttar Pradesh Assembly.
The three legislators have been upset with Rajbhar since the past several months and did not even campaign with him in the elections.
They said that they were being ignored by their own party president. One of the legislators had even voted against the party line in the Rajya Sabha biennial elections last year.
A senior Bharatiya Janata Party functionary admitted that some party leaders were in talks with the disgruntled SBSP legislators.
“We have convinced them that they would get a better deal with the BJP and they have agreed. In all probability, they will join us once the government formation at the centre takes place,” he said.
This will leave Rajbhar as the sole member of his party in the state Assembly.