Uttar Pradesh Cabinet Minister Om Prakash Rajbhar

Uttar Pradesh Cabinet Minister Om Prakash Rajbhar, on Thursday offered to give up his position in the Uttar Pradesh Backward Class Welfare Department, alleging that the government was neglecting the backward communities.

Rajbhar, who heads the Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party (SBSP), an ally of the BJP in UP, said that will meet Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to submit his resignation. He, however, will keep the charge of the Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities Department.

Hours after his announcement, Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma met Rajbhar, reportedly in an attempt to convince him against the decision. Claiming it to be an informal meeting as a family friend, Sharma said that Rajbhar was and will be with the BJP and there is no difference between him and the party.

Talking to The Indian Express, Sharma said, “Rajbhar ji is a friend and we all respect him a lot. He is a reliable ally and things happen in family…”