Yogi attacks Rajbhar, says time to shut shops of ‘political blackmailers’

Mounting a fierce attack on former ally, SBSP chief OP Rajbhar, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath termed the leader a “blackmailer” who was interested only in the “development of his own family”. Yogi’s offensive came days after Rajbhar announced an “unconditional” support to the Samajwadi Party in the UP assembly elections due in the next few months.

Speaking at Samajik Pratinidhi Sammelan to consolidate Rajbhar community, Yogi said, “The father wants to become a minister. One son wants to be an MP while the other aspires to become an MLC. The shop of such political blackmailers has to be closed.”

This is perhaps for the first time that Yogi has launched a stinging attacked on the SBSP chief, who has been flexing muscles to sabotage BJP’s prospects in the elections.

Invoking 11th century Hindu king, Raja Suheldev, who defeated and killed Ghaznavid general Ghazi Miyan at Bahraich in 1034, Yogi said the followers of Ghazi were afraid of Suheldev out of fear of votebank.

“There were two Rajbhar ministers in my cabinet. One of them had opposed the proposal to build a memorial of Maharaja Suheldev in Bahraich, while Anil Rajbhar wanted a grand monument,” Yogi said.

According to political analysts, Yogi’s statement is an attempt to drive a wedge between the SBSP and the SP, which banks on strong support of Muslims.

“They fear that if Suheldev’s memorial is built, people will forget Ghazi and the public will throw political blackmailers in the garbage,” Yogi said.

The state government had stepped up the construction of Suheldev memorial in Bahraich to reach out to Rajbhar community which has a sizable presence, especially in east UP. This also marks BJP’s counter to SP which has been able to wean away some of the prominent Rajbhar leaders from Mayawati’s BSP.

The state government has also named Bahraich Medical College after Maharaja Suheldev. “Opposition parties should be asked what these parties have done for Maharaja Suheldev,” he asked.

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