Raja Bhaiyya, always tough and usually indispensable in UP politics for BJP and SP
Raja Bhaiyya resigned as food and civil supplies minister on Monday after a case of criminal conspiracy was registered against him on a complaint by Parveen Azad, wife of murdered police officer Zia-ul-Haq.
Eight cases remain pending against him, including this one; there was a time when the count was 45. He traces his ancestry to the Bhadri dynasty of Oudh (Awadh); that is where “Raja” derives from. And a legend revolves around a pond on his property.
Locals remain convinced that the Beti Pond has crocodiles that feed on the bodies of his adversaries; Raja Bhaiyya dismisses this as a figment of their imagination. The Mayawati government had confiscated the pond in 2003, renamed it Dr Ambedkar Bird Sanctuary and handed it over to the forest department. Mulayam later handed it back to Raja Bhaiyya.
Five times an MLA from Kunda, Raja Bhaiya has often rallied independents together besides engineering splits in rival camps, particularly in the BSP. This
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