BJP ally SBSP says it is being ‘ignored’ by UP CM Yogi

Lucknow: Amid complaints by some BJP MPs that their problems are not being heard by the UP government, the NDA ally SBSP on Sunday accused Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath of not following “coalition dharma” and said it felt “ignored” by him.
“I will have detailed discussions with BJP president Amit Shah on various issues when he visits Lucknow on April 10 and then decide my party’s course of action,” SBSP leader and UP cabinet minister Om Prakash Rajbhar told media persons here.
He said the SBSP would rethink about the alliance if Shah did not agree on the issues raised by the party.
Attacking the UP Chief Minister, Rajbhar said, “Why are MPs and MLAs angry with the (Adityanath) government? Why are they going to Delhi to convey their grievances? Why are the MLAs angry and are sitting on protests?” About the recent appointments made in the UP secondary education board, he said, “The BJP’s slogan of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikaas’ is not being implemented in letter and spirit as relatives of senior BJP leaders from upper caste have been appointed. Now tell me where will the people from backward castes and scheduled castes will go?”
“At meetings of the UP Cabinet, everyone’s views are heard but the decision is taken by just four-five people. If we have voted for you, then we should also have a say,” he said.
A sulking Rajbhar had last month rushed to Delhi with his complaint and met the BJP chief.
He returned to Lucknow a bit mollified when Shah promised to visit the state capital on April 10 and hear him in detail in the presence of the chief minister.
“I will tell you what the BJP wants and what Om Prakash Rajbhar wants after April 10,” he said.
“If he (Shah) does not agree on the issues raised by us, as he had promised (during a meeting in Delhi ahead of the Rajya Sabha polls), we will have to re-think about the alliance,” he said, replying to a question.
Before the Rajya Sabha elections in UP, Rajbhar had threatened that his four MLAs would boycott the voting.
The SBSP has four MLAs in the 403-member UP Assembly, where the BJP and its allies have a brute majority of 324 lawmakers.
The SBSP leader was also critical of the BJP’s decision not to select the chief minister from among the 325 elected NDA MLAs (one of them later died) in the state.
“It appears that all of them were worthless,” he said.
Rajbhar had recently said that corruption had increased in Uttar Pradesh under the present dispensation and that his party was not getting the due respect from the senior coalition partner.
“Now their (BJP’s) own MPs and MLAs are speaking against them and sitting on dharna… Look at the statements coming from people occupying responsible positions… There has to be something behind their speaking like this,” he said.
He was referring to Lok Sabha MPs fron Etawah and Nagina, Ashok Kumar Dohrey and Yashwant Singh respectively, who are the latest to join other Dalit colleagues, who have publicly expressed their unhappiness, especially after the recent protests against the Supreme Court order on the SC/ST Act.
Earlier, Robertsganj Lok Sabha MP Chhotelal had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and accused Adityanath of “scolding” him when he went to take up an issue with him.