Om Prakash Rajbhar
President of Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party
Assumed office
27 October 2002
Preceded byPosition established
Member of Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly
Assumed office
11 March 2017
Preceded bySaiyyada Shadab Fatima
Minister of Backward Welfare in the government of Uttar Pradesh
In office
19 March 2017 – 20 May 2019
Succeeded byAnil Rajbhar
Personal details
Born (1962-09-15) 15 September 1962 (age 61)
Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India
Political partySuheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party
(m. 1979)
Residence(s)Zahoorabad, Uttar Pradesh
ProfessionPolitician, agriculturalist[1]

Om Prakash Rajbhar (born 15 September 1962) is an Indian politician and president of the Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP). He is a member of 18th Legislative Assembly from Zahoorabad constituency of Uttar Pradesh.[2]

Personal life

Rajbhar was born on 15 September 1962 to Sannu Rajbhar in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. He graduated from Baldev Degree College, Badagaon, Varanasi in 1983. Rajbhar married Taramani on 26 April 1979, with whom he has two sons and two daughters. He is an agriculturalist by profession and a resident of Zahoorabad.[1][3]

Political career

Prior to establishing a separate political Party Omprakash Rajbhar was in Bahujan Samaj Party. He was District President of Varanasi in BSP. He has contested Assembly Election Two times from Kolsala Vidhan Sabha Constituency, once in 1991 and again in 1996. In 1991 as BSP candidate Omprakash secured 18,421 votes and stand on third Position. In 1996 as BSP candidate he secured 32,777 votes and stand on third Position. In 2002 Assembly elections of uttar pradesh he couldnot succeed to secure BSP ticket, thereafter he got separated from BSP.[citation needed]

Rajbhar is a member of the 18th Legislative Assembly of Uttar Pradesh. Since 2017, he has represented the Zahoorabad and is a member of the SBSP.[1]

On 19 March 2017, Rajbhar became a cabinet minister in the Yogi Adityanath ministry as the minister of the Department of Backward Classes Welfare and the Department of Disabled People development.

On 20 May 2019, Rajbhar was sacked from Cabinet of Yogi Adityanath due to anti-alliance activities.[4][5]

In October 2021, Rajbhar announced that his party will form an alliance with Samajwadi Party for the 2022 Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly election.[6]

In 2022 Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly election working in alliance with SP, SBSP contested in 17 seats in UP and won 6 seats with party leader Om Prakash Rajbhar in Uttar Pradesh.[7][8][9]

In March 2024, Om Prakash Rajbhar was one of the four ministers who was inducted into state Cabinet, sworn-in at the Raj Bhavan by Governor Anandiben Patel in the presence of Yogi Adityanath.[10]


In a 2022 interview with The Wire, Rajbhar said he is not a Hindu, and will not join NDA. He questioned whether the construction of the Ram Mandir would get the poor and backward children educated. He also asked BJP to focus more on schools and education rather than mandirs.[11]


In 2023, when asked to make a comment on the soft landing of Chandrayaan-3 on the Moon, he said, "I thank Indian scientists for their hard work and research. I congratulate them on their achievement with Chandrayaan-3. Once they safely return to Earth tomorrow, the entire country should welcome them".[12] Notably, Chandrayaan-3's flight to the Moon was unmanned, and there was no plan for it to return to the Earth.[13]

Posts held

# From To Position
1 2017 2019 Minister of backward welfare
2 2017 2022 Member, 17th Legislative Assembly of Uttar Pradesh
3 2022 Incumbent Member, 18th Legislative Assembly of Uttar Pradesh

See also


  1. ^ a b c "Om Prakash Rajbhar(Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party):Constituency- Zahoorabad (Ghazipur) - Affidavit Information of Candidate". Retrieved 20 March 2021.
  2. ^ "UP Assembly elections result 2022: How Om Prakash Rajbhar and his SBSP have fared in Uttar Pradesh". Firstpost. 10 March 2022. Retrieved 30 March 2022.
  3. ^ "Shri Om Prakash Rajbhar". Uttar Pradesh LegislativeAssembly. Retrieved 16 July 2023.
  4. ^ "राजभर योगी मंत्रिमंडल से बर्ख़ास्त". BBC (in Hindi). 20 May 2019. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  5. ^ PTI (20 May 2019). "Welcome decision to sack me, says Om Prakash Rajbhar". The Hindu. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  6. ^ Verma, Lalmani (21 October 2021). "After meet with Akhilesh, Rajbhar announces party alliance with SP". The Indian Express. Retrieved 22 February 2022.
  7. ^ "om-prakash-rajbhar in Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections 2022". News18. Retrieved 30 March 2022.
  8. ^ "Om Prakash Rajbhar's Party won 6 seats in the 2022 Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections". Election Commission of India. Retrieved 30 March 2022.
  9. ^ "Uttar Pradesh Result Status - Party-wise Trends & Result". Election Commission of India. Retrieved 30 March 2022.
  10. ^ "UP gets 4 new ministers as Adityanath effects Cabinet expansion ahead of LS polls". The Hindu. PTI. 5 March 2024. Retrieved 6 March 2024.
  11. ^ "More Than a Dozen Backward BJP Leaders Will Join SP by Mid-January—OP Rajbhar | Arfa Khanum Sherwani", The Wire, retrieved 13 January 2022 – via YouTube
  12. ^ "Watch UP lawmaker's Chandrayaan-3 gaffe: 'When scientists return to Earth...'". India Today. 24 August 2023. Retrieved 25 August 2023.
  13. ^ Mishra, Utkarsh (24 August 2023). "Rajbhar's gaffe: When Chandrayaan comes back on earth..." PTI. Retrieved 25 August 2023.