Om Prakash Rajbhar, a significant Samajwadi Party ally, attended a dinner in Lucknow on Friday night that was hosted by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in honour of the NDA’s presidential candidate Droupadi Murmu. This action appeared to indicate a rift in the opposition ranks in Uttar Pradesh ahead of the presidential election.
Shivpal Yadav, an MLA for the Samajwadi Party (SP), attended the dinner that was held at the chief minister’s residence.
Notably, Rajbhar, the leader of the Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP), was absent from a press conference organised by Akhilesh Yadav and Jayant Chaudhary to promote Yashwant Sinha, the joint nominee of the Opposition parties for the presidential election. Rajbhar had asserted that he was not sent a news conference invitation.
After telling media members that he was “waiting for divorce from the SP,” Rajbhar showed up at the CM’s banquet for Murmu a few hours later. “I won’t take any action to break our partnership with the SP. Before heading to his party gathering in the nearby Mau district, Rajbhar told PTI, “I would wait until Akhilesh Yadav divorces (talaqs) me.
In addition, Rajbhar stated that while he is “still with the Samajwadi Party,” he “won’t remain together forcibly if Akhilesh Yadav doesn’t want it.”
He explained his decision to forego the Thursday meeting with Yashwant Sinha in Lucknow by speculating that Akhilesh Yadav may have forgotten about him.
On July 12, Rajbhar, whose party has six representatives in the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly, indicated he will declare his support for the presidential candidate. Before a decision is made, the topic will be discussed at the meeting (in Mau), he added.
Raghuraj Pratap Singh, leader of the Jansatta Dal Loktantrik, commonly known as Raja Bhaiya, and Uma Shankar Singh, the only BSP legislator in Uttar Pradesh, were both reportedly present at the CM’s dinner.
“It is remarkable that a tribal woman was chosen for the position of President. I gave (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi ji my congratulations. Because of this, politicians from other parties that are not a member of the NDA attended today’s gathering, according to Raja Bhaiya, who spoke after the dinner.
Chief Minister Adityanath acknowledged non-NDA parties’ support for Murmu and expressed his hope that parliamentarians will go against party lines to support the NDA candidate, “exactly like in Punjab and Andhra Pradesh.”
“A daughter of a Scheduled Tribe has been picked as a contender, replacing Ram Nath Kovind, who was previously chosen as president. Only the BJP and NDA are capable of making this happen, Adityanath claimed, adding that if Murmu were to win the presidency, “it will demonstrate the strength of Indian democracy to the entire world.”
In the morning, Murmu arrived in Lucknow and met with MPs and MLAs from the BJP and its coalition partners to solicit their support for the election on July 18.
Swatantra Dev Singh, the president of the BJP state unit, Keshav Prasad Maurya, and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath were among the key BJP leaders who met her at Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport in Amausi.
Former Jharkhand Governor Murmu visited the Lok Bhavan with the assistance of Union Ministers Smriti Irani and Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, where she received a warm welcome from BJP legislators. The two alliance partners of the BJP in UP, Anupriya Patel of Apna Dal and Sanjay Nishad of NISHAD party, were also present.
At the Lok Bhavan, Murmu presented former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee with flower tributes.
Murmu commended the party for nominating a tribal woman for president and urged members to support her, according to a senior BJP MLA. She told them about her determination to finish her higher education and how she was now pleading for their support in the election.