New Delhi, January 31: All in not well in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in Bihar. Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development Upendra Kushwaha, whose Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) is a part of the NDA, is hobnobbing with the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leaders in Bihar. Kushwaha organised a human chain in Patna on Tuesday demanding improvement in educational institutions in Bihar which saw a large number of RJD leaders in attendance but none from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) or Janata Dal United (JDU) was present.
While Kushwaha rubbished rumours of him trying to move out of the NDA, he also said that he was not in politics due to anybody’s benevolence. He claimed he had invited all political parties to be part of the human chain but no one turned up from either the BJP or JDU.
The Congress and RJD, who were part of the Mahagathbandhan with JDU in Bihar till July 2017, have offered to join hands with Kushwaha if he walks out of the NDA.
Although Kushwaha had joined the human chain organised by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar against child marriage and dowry in the state on January 21, there have been murmurs of the Lok Sabha MP from Karakat not being happy with the coming together of JDU and BJP.
On January 30, Kushwaha shared stage with RJD leaders Shivanand Tiwari, Ramchandra Purve and Tanveer Hasan at Miller High School in Patna. The Union Minister also thanked RJD leaders for being part of the event. Just a day earlier, another senior RJD leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh had invited Kushwaha to join RJD. Singh had also claimed that even Jitan Ram Manhji, a former Bihar chief minister and HAM (Secular) leader, is willing to dump the NDA and ally with the RJD.
Both Kushwaha and Manjhi have been sending out the feelers that since the BJP and JDU are in alliance once again, they will contest all the 40 Lok Sabha seats in the state and not leave any constituency for them.