New Delhi:  After former Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) Upendra Kushwaha joined the  ‘mahagathbandhan’ in Bihar, the party’s national vice president Bhagwan Singh Kushwaha joined the ruling Janata Dal-United JD(U) on Friday.

Bhagwan joined the JD(U) at its party office along with his supporters in the presence of party’s state unit president Bashishtha Narayan Singh, Education Minister Krishnandan Prasad Verma and others. The former Bihar minister said, “I have left the RLSP and joining JD(U) with RLSP’s 35 state-level office-bearers and 1200 workers after Upendra Kushwaha decided to leave NDA and join UPA.”

Earlier, state JD(U) chief and Rajya Sabha MP Bashishtha Narayan Singh welcomed Bhagwan Singh Kushwaha and his 1200 supporters and workers into the party fold and said that it would strengthen the party. (Also Read: Those With 56-inch Chest Bowed Down Before Nitish Kumar: Kushwaha Over Seat Sharing)

Stating that Upendra Kushwaha became insecure after Bihar CM Nitish Kumar joined NDA, Bhagwan said, “I tried my level best to ensure that Upendra Kushwaha should remain with NDA but he (Upendra) started feeling unease after Nitish Kumar joined the NDA.”

He further said, “When I joined the RLSP, my condition was that it should remain with the NDA. What Kushwaha has done (by severing ties with NDA) was not liked by the party’s rank and file.”

Bhagwan added that he supported Nitish government’s social programmes like prohibition, the campaign against dowry and child marriage.

It must be noted that Bhagwan has served in many parties earlier like CPI(ML), RJD, JD(U), Pappu Yadav’s Jan Adhikar Party.

For the uninitiated, following Upendra Kushwaha’s exit, Union Minister and Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief Ram Vilas Paswan and his son Chirag Paswan met BJP President Amit Shah, amid reports of being upset with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over one Rajya Sabha seat promised by the party months ago.

The meeting between the LJP and BJP was seen as a way by the latter to pacify the sulking allies ahead of Lok Sabha elections 2019. During the hour-long meeting between top BJP leaders, including its president Amit Shah and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Chirag Paswan had reportedly asked the central government to explain what benefits demonetisation brought to the country.