Election defeat payback for BJP decision, Rajbhar says

Choice of Yogi Adityanath as Uttar Pradesh chief minister over Keshav Prasad Maurya caused disillusionment, veteran politician says

New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh minister Om Prakash Rajbhar on Monday blamed disenchantment among voters of Other Backward Classes (OBCs) — allegedly caused by the Bharatiya Janata Party’s choice of Yogi Adityanath as state chief minister (CM) over Keshav Prasad Maurya — for recent losses in by-elections.

“The Bharatiya Janata Party [BJP] lost the recent bypolls as the OBCs were not happy with the party,” Rajbhar told media. “The BJP contested Uttar Pradesh’s assembly elections last year with Keshav Prasad Maurya, who belongs to OBC, as its face, but later Yogi Adityanath was made the chief minister of the state.”

He said the OBCs supported BJP hoping Maurya would become CM.

“The result of this anger reflected in the defeat of the BJP in the bypolls,” Rajbhar added.

He said Adityanath was not responsible for the defeat in the bypolls as it was the party who made the mistake of making him CM in the first place.

“The government is responsible. The BJP should introspect about reasons for its defeat. It is up to the BJP whom to make CM. It was up to the party to make Yogi Adityanath or Keshav Prasad Maurya chief minister,” he said.

Rajbhar is the head of Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Partym which is an ally of the BJP in the state. His party has four seats in the assembly.

The BJP recently lost politically sensitive parliamentary constituency of Kairana, and the Noorpur legislative assembly seat in UP.

On Monday, Rajbhar accused BJP of not including OBCs in its scheme of things.

“It is the BJP’s internal matter. But I want to say that the participation in governance of the poor and the backward at the local level is not being ensured,” he stated.

Last week, Rajbhar had blamed the failure of Adityanath government to publicise the work done in the state for the losses in the crucial bypolls.

“Besides caste groupism, our failure to properly publicise our welfare work for the poor and the backward was the reason for the defeat,” Rajbhar had said.

Also he blamed corruption among bureaucrats for the defeat.

“The officials in the government were engaged in corruption. As a result, they failed to implement welfare schemes for common people. The voters got disenchanted with the apathy of the bureaucrats and politicians alike,” he said.

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