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UP Cabinet Minister Who Threatened to Quit Backtracks After Meeting Yogi

Om Prakash Rajbhar said he met the CM on his return from New Delhi and was assured by him that his concerns would be taken into consideration.

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Updated:July 3, 2017, 5:16 PM IST
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UP Cabinet Minister Who Threatened to Quit Backtracks After Meeting Yogi
UP cabinet minister Om Prakash Rajbhar had threatened to stage a dharna from Tuesday. (Photo: Youtube)
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Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh cabinet minister who threatened to resign if his demand for transferring the Ghazipur district magistrate was not met immediately backtracked on Monday after being mollified by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

Om Prakash Rajbhar said he met the CM on his return from New Delhi and was assured by him that his concerns would be taken into consideration.

“I had raised 19 issues. The chief minister accepted 17 of them. In view of his assurance, I withdraw my resignation threat. I also withdraw my plan to sit on dharna tomorrow (Tuesday),” Rajbhar, who holds the backward and handicapped welfare department portfolio, said.

Asked about the remaining two demands, he said the Chief Minister has promised to look into them at a later stage. Rajbhar had earlier spoken to Yogi on June 27 but rued that nothing had been done.

“If my demand is not met, I will resign from the government. What is the use of remaining in the government if a minister is not heard,” he had said on Sunday.

Rajbhar is national president of the Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party (SBJP), a BJP ally that won four assembly seats in the 403-member House. He had also announced that he would sit on dharna in Ghazipur on Tuesday to press for his demand for District Magistrate Sanjay Kumar Khatri's transfer.

Khatri, he alleged, was not paying heed to the problems of the people. “We will be sitting on dharna in Ghazipur tomorrow for removal of the DM,” Rajbhar said.

However, sources said that the actual reason for the tirade against the magistrate is that he had ordered the registration of an FIR against the minister’s brother and some associates after they allegedly assaulted some employees of the revenue department.

The employees had threatened to go on a strike if action was not taken against Rajbhar’s brother, after which a case was filed.

The MLA from Zahoorabad in Ghazipur said he had taken up 19 issues with the DM so far, but none has been resolved.

“I have been complaining against the DM. If he is not removed I will sit on dharna. On June 25, I met UP BJP organisation secretary Sunil Bansal and on June 27, I called on the CM to take up the matter. However, the DM is yet to be removed," Rajbhar had said.
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