Swatantra Bharat Paksh

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Swatantra Bharat Paksh
स्वतंत्र भारत पक्ष
Leader Sharad Anantrao Joshi, Wamanrao Chatap
Chairman C. Rajagopalachari
Secretary Wamanrao Chatap
Rajya Sabha Leader Sharad Anantrao Joshi
Founded 1994
Preceded by Sharad Anantrao Joshi
Headquarters A-4, Purnam Center Point, Opp. Gaikwad Class, Kahneri Wadi CBS, District Nashik[1]
Ideology Conservative liberalism
Lok Sabha
0 / 545
Rajya Sabha
1 / 254

The Swatantra Bharat Paksh (Marathi: स्वतंत्र भारत पक्ष, 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] It also holds one Rajya Sabha seat, represented by Sharad Anantrao Joshi.[7]

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


  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::. Ccsindia.org. Retrieved on 2012-10-26.
  4. ^ State Elections 2004 – Constituency wise detail for 154-Rajura Constituency of Maharashtra
  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. Retrieved on 2012-10-26.
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