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Uttar Pradesh: SBSP chief meet with state BJP president triggers political buzz

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Lucknow: As Uttar Pradesh is all set to contest assembly elections due next year, the political dynamics in the states are taking surprising turns. The recent such meet was of BJP’s former ally-turned-rival, SBSP chief Om Prakash Rajbhar with state BJP chief Swatantra Dev Singh at the latter’s residence on Tuesday that set off fresh speculations of him warming up back to the saffron party in the run up to the high stake polls.

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Singh in an interview to a leading newspaper said, however, called it just a courtesy meet with no political agenda. “We simply met cordially and chatted,” Singh said.

On the other hand, a highly placed sources in the BJP said that Rajbhar seemed to get the raw pulse of the BJP which has been deftly ignoring him despite his consistent hard stance of sabotaging saffron party’s ambition of returning to office after the 2022 state elections.

Left politically forlorn after his break up with the BJP almost two years ago, Rajbhar has been oscillating between various political parties, including Asaddun Owaisi led All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen to firm up a front that could potentially challenge the might of BJP.

The meeting between UP BJP chief and Rajbhar was catalysed by BJP state vice-president Daya Shankar Singh. It has been told by sources said that Daya Shankar called up Rajbhar — both happen to be residents of Ballia — on Monday late evening asking him to meet Swatantra Dev.

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Confirming whchs, Rajbhar said that he and Swatantra Dev just discussed the activities of their respective political parties.

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