Swatantra Bharat Paksh
LeaderSharad Anantrao Joshi, Wamanrao Chatap
SecretaryWamanrao Chatap
Rajya Sabha LeaderSharad Anantrao Joshi
Preceded bySharad Anantrao Joshi
HeadquartersA-4, Purnam Center Point, Opp. Gaikwad Class, Kahneri Wadi CBS, District Nashik[1]
IdeologyConservative liberalism
Lok Sabha
0 / 543
Rajya Sabha
0 / 245

The Swatantra Bharat Paksh (translation: Independent India Party; abbr. SBP) is a liberal political party in Maharashtra, India, established in 1994 by Sharad Anantrao Joshi (former Shetkari Sanghatana leader).[2] It claims its roots in the Swatantra Party of C. Rajagopalachari.[3] It won one seat in the 2004 Maharashtra Vidhan Sabha election, successfully contested by Wamanrao Chatap from the Rajura constituency.[4][5] In total, the party had launched 7 candidates.[6] Sharad Anantrao Joshi, the party's founder, represented the party and Maharasthra in the Rajya Sabha from 2004 to 2010.[7]

The party was allied with the Bharatiya Janata Party as well as the Shiv Sena.[5] The party supports the demand for a separate Vidarbha state.[2]

On 28 March 2022, the SBP merged with the Swarna Bharat Party and became the Swatantra Bharat Party.


  1. ^ STATE ELECTION COMMISSION, MAHARASHTRA. 18 January 2012 (PDF) . Retrieved on 2012-10-26.
  2. ^ a b Sharad Joshi joins hands with NDA, Yukta Mookhey in BJP. The Hindu (2004-03-06). Retrieved on 2012-10-26.
  3. ^ ::Welcome to CCS:: Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine. Ccsindia.org. Retrieved on 2012-10-26.
  4. ^ State Elections 2004 – Constituency wise detail for 154-Rajura Constituency of Maharashtra Archived 2007-09-30 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ a b Kalpana Sharma (2004-10-17). Congress-NCP retains Maharashtra. The Hindu. Retrieved on 2012-10-26.
  6. ^ State Elections 2004 Partywise Contestants in MAHARASHTRA
  7. ^ Member's Web Site Archived 2007-09-30 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 2012-10-26.