New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday accepted Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) president Upendra Kushwaha’s resignation from the Union council of ministers.

“The President of India, as advised by the Prime Minister, has accepted the resignation of Upendra Kushwaha from the Union Council of Ministers, with immediate effect,” an official statement said.

Kushwaha on Monday had severed his ties with the BJP and tendered his resignation accusing the Prime Minister of reducing the cabinet to a “rubber stamp”, “betraying” backward classes and giving Bihar only “jumlas”.

Making the announcement a day ahead of Parliament’s Winter Session, the Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) leader from Bihar said he is open to joining the opposition alliance, which includes Lalu Prasad’s RJD and the Congress.

He also claimed the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance would not be able to win a single seat in the state.

(With agency inputs)