Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath asked governor Ram Naik to expel Om Prakash Rajbhar from his cabinet. Rajbhar is a Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party chief which is an ally of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in UP. Rajbhar has submitted his resignation last month, “We welcome the decision. I quit in April but Yogi didn’t accept it. The speed with which you removed me, do work for backward castes with the same speed,” he told reporters this morning.
Since last year, Rajbhar had been publicly targeting Yogi Adityanath, accusing him of neglecting allies and the backward castes. In April, he dramatically marched into Yogi Adityanath’s home in Lucknow at 3 am with his resignation letter and demanded to see him. He left when told that the chief minister was sleeping. The party managed to placate him and stop him from storming out of the coalition.
Expel of Rajbhar came after the exit poll results, where BJP is going to form the next government. On Sunday, he had needled the BJP again by telling reporters that in eastern UP, the opposition alliance of Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav would win big. Hours later, exit polls suggested that the BJP would score big, and losing some seats to the opposition alliance in UP wouldn’t really make a difference.