The Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections may be months away, but the parties have started weighing their victory and are looking for the right alliance. However, differences between Om Prakash Rajbhar’s Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP) and Asaduddin Owaisi’s All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) have surfaced even before the final seat-sharing formula was finalised.
a day later Owaisi claimed that his party will contest on 100 seats In the 2022 UP assembly elections, Rajbhar has denied any such agreement.
“There has been no seat-sharing talks with AIMIM. The ‘Bhagidari Morcha’ will discuss it in the coming days after assessing their preparedness to take on the BJP in the UP Assembly polls,” Rajbhar said.
He said the AIMIM leadership had expressed its desire to contest only 100 seats, but the seat-sharing formula has not been finalised.
The SBSP chief said the front formed under his leadership would contest all 403 assembly seats in the state elections to be held next year.
“But for that, the participants need to strengthen their organizational ranks for high-stakes political contests. This election is extremely important and we can’t go wrong,” he said.
A few days ago, Owaisi had claimed that his party would contest these seats under the ‘Bhagidari Morcha’ formed by Rajbhar.
The AIMIM, which contested 38 seats in the 2017 assembly election, could not win a single seat and managed to garner only 0.2 per cent vote share.
The SBSP, on the other hand, had an alliance with the BJP to contest eight seats. The political outfit, dominated by Rajbhar, won four seats, securing a vote share of 0.7 per cent, which was significantly higher than the AIMIM.
Rajbhar is reaching out to various political opponents of the BJP, including the AIMIM, Krishna Patel-led Apna Dal and the Jan Adhikar Manch led by former minister Babu Singh Kushwaha, to form a political front that could potentially emerge as a political force. Can you
Rajbhar has also held several meetings with the Aam Aadmi Party in recent months, though the two sides have not confirmed any alliance.
(with inputs from IANS)