New Delhi: Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) chief Upendra Kushwaha on Monday said that he will not participate in the meeting of NDA allies. Earlier, it was reported that he is likely to announce a split from the NDA soon. The RLSP chief will hold a press conference in Delhi in the afternoon at 2 pm and might announce his parting of ways with the BJP. “He will also quit as a Union minister,” a senior RLSP leader told a news channelAlso Read - Will Nitish Kumar Compete Against PM Modi in 2024? Bihar CM Breaks Silence | WATCH
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The development comes after Kushwaha’s “ultimatum” to the BJP for finalising seat-sharing among NDA constituents in Bihar by November 30 went unheeded.
On December 1, Kushwaha had said a person who heads towards doom loses his reasoning. He claimed he was not given an appointment by BJP chief Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Meanwhile, reports are rife that the RLSP chief is in talks with former JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav who has formed his own party. There is speculation that two small parties are toying with the idea of a merger.
However, a specter of a split also looms large on the RLSP with both its MLAs and lone MLC, besides one of its MPs, are said to be in touch with Kumar and keen on remaining in the NDA in the event of Kushwaha severing ties with it.
Ever since the announcement by the BJP president that his party and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) will contest an equal number of seats out of the total 40 Lok Sabha constituencies in Bihar, Kushwaha has been publicly showing his unhappiness.
Kushwaha’s party had won all the three seats it had contested in 2014 in Bihar with the BJP. But, with the return of Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) in the coalition, the equation changed.
Kushwaha came into political prominence after Nitish Kumar backed him as the leader of opposition in Bihar assembly in 2004 despite the fact that it was his first outing as an MLA, but later fell out with the JD(U) chief and floated RLSP.
Kushwaha aligned with the BJP in the last Parliamentary election, while the JD(U) was part of the grand alliance with Lalu Prasad’s Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Congress.