Patna (Bihar): Union Minister Upendra Kushwaha on Saturday hinted at a “great threat” to the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in future if his party Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) is not offered a “respectable” number of seats for the Lok Sabha Elections 2019. The RLSP chief further said that some in the NDA coalition don’t want to see Narendra Modi as the prime minister in 2019. Also Read - PM Narendra Modi Suggests Practicing Yoga Nidra to Reduce Stress, Shares Fitness Routine Too
“BJP should decide a respectful number of seats for our party by Nov end. Now I’ll not make any move from my end to meet anyone from BJP. However, I’ll try to meet PM once. There are some ppl in Bihar’s NDA who don’t want to see Modi Ji be the PM in 2019,” he was quoted as saying by news agency ANI. Also Read - On Call, PM Modi Discusses COVID-19 Situation With French President Macron
Upendra Kushwaha alleged that there was a big group within the NDA in Bihar, which is opposed to Modi becoming the prime minister again. “I wish to caution the PM against being misled by this group. I had been favouring his candidature even before he was named the prime ministerial candidate by the BJP,” he said. Also Read - PM Modi’s Mother Heeraben Modi Donates Rs 25000 From Her Personal Savings to PM-CARES Fund
Without disclosing the number of seats that were offered to the RLSP, he said that his party has decided to not accept the Bharatiya Janata Party’s offer for the General Elections, scheduled for 2019.
“Our party has decided not to accept the number of seats offered to us (RLSP) by BJP for the General Elections 2019. We tried to meet BJP chief (Amit Shah) but couldn’t meet him. Now that the issue is not sorted it might pose a great threat for NDA in the future,” the RLSP chief was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
Hours ago, Kushwaha had served an ultimatum to the BJP to conclude seat-sharing talks by November 30.
“I have met BJP national general secretary incharge Bhupendra Yadav twice in the recent past and made it clear to him that the offer was not respectable and, hence, not acceptable. I also sought an appointment with BJP president Amit Shah twice, but the same did not materialise. Though, I was told over phone that the talks on seat-sharing were not final,” Kushwaha said after the state executive meeting.
This is not the first time Kushwaha has made the allegations regarding NDA. In August, he had alleged the same without disclosing any names. “Some people in NDA do not want to see Narendra Modi as the prime minister, and I am speaking this with full responsibility,” he said, adding that he wouldn’t disclose anything more.