Uttar Pradesh Cabinet minister and dissident ally of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Om Prakash Rajbhar, predicted that ‘Dalit ki beti’ (an obvious reference to Mayawati) would be the next prime minister of India, dismissing the possibility of Narendra Modi being re-elected as the prime minister.
Rajbhar’s Suheldeo Bhartiya Samaj Party is an ally of the BJP with three MLAs in UP assembly.
“The SP-BSP-RLD alliance is posing stiff challenge to the BJP in UP. Against 73 Lok Sabha seats won by the BJP and its ally Apna Dal (Sonelal) in the 2014 general elections, the BJP will not get more than 15-20 seats this time while the alliance might get 50 plus seats and the Congress will also improve its tally. So far I can see, there will be a Dalit prime minister, maybe BSP chief Mayawati or someone else,” Rajbhar said in Lucknow on Tuesday.
Rajbhar also said that his party was not in any kind of alliance with the BJP and would rather try to defeat it in the 14 constituencies in east UP that are to go to polls on May 19.
“We are not rallying for the BJP. We had asked for only one seat, Ghosi, but they refused. The BJP will lose in Gorakhpur, Ballia and Ghazipur,” Rajbhar said.
Meanwhile, SBSP national general secretary Arun Rajbhar announced that his party would support SP-BSP alliance candidates in Maharajganj and Bansgaon and Congress candidate in Mirzapur.
Rajbhars lead the non-Yadav OBC voters in constituencies like Ballia, Lalganj and Ghosi. “This is a battle for the existence of Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party and question of our political identity. The party is supreme and so, most Rajbhar voters would side with SBSP,” Arun Rajbhar said.