New Delhi, June 9: Hours after RLSP chief Upendra Kushwaha skipped another get-together of the NDA, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav hinted that the Union minister would be welcomed if he chose to switch sides and join the RJD-led grand alliance in Bihar. He also claimed that the RLSP chief has no place in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA). Also Read - Upendra Kushwaha's RLSP to Contest Bihar Assembly Elections 2020 With BSP and JPS
Speaking to reporters, former Bihar Deputy CM said,”It has been evident that Kushwaha has no place in the NDA, of twhich his party is a constituent. He has been ploughing a lonely furrow on a number of issues.” Also Read - 'Is it a Sin to Discuss Politics?' Asks Sanjay Raut as Political Circles Abuzz After Chandrakant Patil's 'Tea-biscuit' Statement
On being asked whether the RJD would accept Kushwaha’s RLSP into the Grand Alliance, Yadav said, “It is for him to take a decision. If he wishes to come with us, we will think over the matter.” Also Read - Bihar Polls 2020: Centre Earmarks 30,000 Central Security Forces For 3 Phase Assembly Elections
Furthermore he added,”He organised a state-wide human chain a few months ago on the issue of educational reforms which his alliance partners sneered at. It was our party which supported him on that occasion as we agreed with his cause.”
Before Yadav, Bihar’s former Chief Minister and Hindustani Awam Morcha president Jitan Ram Manjhi had urged Kushwaha to quit the NDA and join the grand alliance.
His comments came hours after Kushwaha, Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development yet again skipped an iftar hosted by BJP leader and Bihar deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi on Friday. Earlier on June 7 as well, Kushwaha had skipped a get together of NDA in Bihar. If reports are to be believed, the RLSP chief is miffed with CM Nitish Kumar’s growing influence in National Democratic Alliance.