BJP ally to contest elections in UP seperately

By  Shimon Chadha | Updated:  Apr 17, 2019, 01:28 PM

BJP ally SBSP, which shares power in the Uttar Pradesh state government,  has decided to contest the Lok Sabha elections separately. 
The Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party, founded by Om Prakash Rajbhar, who is the incumbent Cabinet Minister of Backward Classes Welfare in the state, secured 30% of the assembly seats in the 2017 elections. 
Rajbhar expressed his disappointment over not being offered a single seat by the BJP for the general elections, and has claimed that he doesn’t “want to finish” his party. 
The party, which has a stronghold in the eastern part of the state, especially among the OBC voters, is fielding candidates from 39 out of the total 80 seats, including the constituencies of Varanasi and Lucknow, where PM Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh will be fighting from, respectively. 
UP has already conducted polling in 8 parliamentary seats in the first phase on April 11, and will have voting in all other six phases, ending on May 19. Counting of votes will take place on May 23. 

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