New Delhi: Disgruntled Union Minister and Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) chief Upendra Kushwaha is likely to walk out of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) on Thursday. Sources said the decision was taken at a key meeting of RLSP leaders on Wednesday.
They added that the Union Minister will announce the decision to end the alliance with the BJP at a public meeting in Motihari on Thursday. Chinks in the relationship Kushwaha shares with the BJP have been appearing for a while now. Just a few days ago, Kushwaha had claimed that he had sought time with Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi but was denied the same.
The RLSP chief had said, “I do not know why neither Shah (Amit) nor Modi (Narendra) gave me an appointment. They may have had other preoccupations. But there are other modes of communication. There could have been at least a phone call.”
Last month, Kushwaha had alleged that Bihar Chief Minister and Janata Dal United (JDU) chief Nitish Kumar was trying to poach his MLAs. He had said, “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.”
Speculations have also been rife over Kushwaha veering towards the Mahagathbandhan in Bihar, comprising the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the Congress, among other smaller parties. What added fuel to this speculation was a meeting between Kushwaha and leader of opposition in Bihar Assembly, Tejashwi Yadav, who has been handling the RJD ever since party chief Lalu Prasad Yadav was convicted in fodder scam cases.
Earlier, the Lok Janshakti Party has also slammed Kushwaha for using “pressure tactics” to finalise a seat-sharing arrangement between NDA partners in Bihar and cautioned the Union minister against “rowing in two boats”.
LJP parliamentary board chairman Chirag Paswan also disapproved of the RLSP chief’s frequent outbursts against Nitish. He said Kushwaha should make up his mind whether he wishes to continue in NDA or not, possibly referring to the RLSP chief’s meeting with RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav last month.