New Delhi: Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) president Upendra Kushwaha on Saturday gave an ultimatum to its ally Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to ensure by November 30 ‘respectful’ seat-sharing in Bihar for the upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Without disclosing the number of seats offered to his party, Kushwaha, the Union minister of state for HRD, asserted that RLSP has decided to reject the offer made to it in the seat-sharing formula finalised by the BJP for the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA). Also Read - 'Was Needed to Keep India Safe,' PM Defends Lockdown; Apologises For Inconvenience to People
Kushwaha also expressed disappointment over his failed attempts to meet BJP president Amit Shah. “I have twice tried to meet Amit Shah to discuss a respectful seat-sharing in the NDA in Bihar. Even on Friday I waited to meet him, but could not. I was not given time to meet Amit Shah.” Also Read - PM Modi Thanks Akshay Kumar For Donating Rs 25 Crore to Fight Against Coronavirus
Kushwaha further said that now he would not meet any BJP leader except Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue of seat-sharing. “I will not make any move on my part to discuss seat sharing. Now, the BJP will have to make a move for seat sharing with the RLSP. Any delay in seat sharing will prove disastrous and costly for the NDA. It will be harmful for the BJP,” the RLSP chief told reporters after the RLSP state executive meeting. Also Read - Mann ki Baat: I Know You Would Forgive me, PM Modi Apologises For Lockdown
He also alleged that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal-United (JD-U) has been trying to split the RLSP and destroy him politically. Notably, the RLSP chief is at loggerheads with Bihar CM over the latter’s recent remarks against him.