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
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

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 considers itself an inheritor of the legacy of 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.