RLSP chief Kushwaha may quit NDA today, will not attend NDA meet

New Delhi, News24 Bureau, Dec 10: RLSP president Upendra Kushwaha may quit the BJP-led NDA Monday,  a day ahead of the start of the Winter Session and triggering a realignment of political equations in Bihar. The Rashtriya Lok Samta Party chief has been targeting the BJP and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, a key ally of the ruling party, for weeks.He has been upset with the BJP after it asserted that the RLSP would not be given more than two seats in the 2019 Lok Sabha election, even as it went out of way to accommodate Kumar by agreeing that the saffron party and the JD-U  would fight equal number of seats."Kushwaha is likely to announce his parting of ways with the BJP today. He will also quit as a Union minister," a senior RLSP leader said.The RLSP may join hands with the opposition, which includes Lalu Prasad's RJD and the Congress.

Earlier  Union Minister and RLSP Chief Upendra Kushwaha had upped the ante when he met Loktantrik Janata Dal leader Sharad Yadav. The rift between Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and Kushwaha is now out in open. There was simmering discontent as Kushwaha was not happy with the number of seats his party was given to contest in the 2019 Lok Sabha election in Bihar. Kushwaha has reportedly been peeved after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Janata Dal (United) decided to contest an equal number of seats in the 2019 Lok Sabha election."Nitish Kumar ji has been trying to poach MLAs. He has come down to destroying Upendra Kushwaha and his Party but he cannot cause any damage to me. He is a part of the NDA and so are we, he should not do such things," RLSP Chief had said in Delhi.Upendra Kushwaha on November 11 had said he would apprise BJP chief Amit Shah of the "humiliation" he had suffered at the hands of Bihar Chief Minister and JD(U) supremo Nitish Kumar. Kushwaha also had said he would also request Shah to clear the "confusion" over seat-sharing among the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) constituents in the state at the earliest.

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