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BSP will independently contest 250 seats: Rajbhar

BSP national president says his party would independently contest 250 seats in the coming Vidhan Sabha election.

india Updated: Feb 02, 2007 05:23 IST

Bhartiya Samaj Party (BSP) national president, Om Prakash Rajbhar on Thursday said that his party would independently contest 250 seats in the coming Vidhan Sabha election.

He said that the ‘BSP’ had raised a demand for the formation of separate Purvanchal state constituting the districts of east Uttar Pradesh, as it would put the region on the path of development.

After reviewing party’s preparations for the Vidhan Sabha election, Rajbhar said that the BSP would field its candidate in all the 27 districts of east Uttar Pradesh.

Later, talking to media persons, he said that the ‘BSP’ had joined the Jan Morcha alliance, but left it after VP Singh converted it into a political outfit.

“Singh had told me that the Jan Morcha would be an umbrella organisation for all political parties, but later when he asked the small political parties to merge with the Morcha, I disagreed and walked out,” he said.

“I also met Congress president Sonia Gandhi six times to finalise an alliance between the Congress and BSP in the Vidhan Sabha election. I had put only one condition before her that Rajbhar community should be included in the Schedule Tribe. She agreed and asked me to start preparing for a joint rally,” he said.

Later, Congress leaders told me that a declaration in this regard would be made after the rally. But I had no faith in their assurance and called off the rally. Since then, there had been no talk with Congress leaders,” he added.

He said that the BSP would also raise the issue of reservation for economically-weaker sections in government jobs, distribution of cards to the weaker sections, education for all, establishment of kisan vikas parishad and constitution of vaishya commission. Party had established itself in all the districts and was ready for the election, Rajbhar said.

First Published: Feb 02, 2007 05:23 IST