New Delhi: After breaking ties with National Democratic Alliance (NDA), Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) chief Upendra Kushwaha on Sunday said he might consider ‘mahagathbandhan’ or grand alliance as one of the many options but a final decision is yet to be taken. Kushwaha met Congress MP Ahmed Patel at the latter’s residence in Delhi on Saturday.
Kushwaha said, “I cannot reveal any details… but joining the mahagathbandhan is one of the many options before our party. We have not taken a final decision so far.” Refusing to divulge any further on all three RLSP members in Bihar’s bicameral legislature raising a banner of revolt, accusing him of pursuing his “personal interests” and declaring that they would remain in the NDA.
At the RLSP ‘Milan Samaroh’, Kushwaha tried to tone down the differences within his party. He said, “When I reached Patna airport on Sunday, the enthusiasm I saw among party workers was much greater than the jubilation expressed over my becoming a Union minister in 2014.”
On Saturday, RLSP party members accused party president Upendra Kushwaha of pursuing personal interests in announcing a break up with the coalition and said that they were still siding with NDA. Both the Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) MLAs– Sudhanshu Shekhar and Lalan Paswan– and its lone MLC-Sanjiv Singh Shyam- made a statement to this effect at a joint press conference.
They also pitched for a ministerial berth for Sudhanshu Shekhar, who is a first-term MLA and the youngest among the three. The split in the party became clear when Shyam said that they represented the real RLSP as they enjoyed the support of most workers and office-bearers at the party.
Kushwaha on December 11 had severed his ties with the BJP and tendered his resignation accusing Prime Minister Modi of reducing the cabinet to a “rubber stamp”, “betraying” backward classes and giving Bihar only “jumlas”.
The move came five days after the RLSP chief decided to part ways with NDA and resigned from the Union cabinet.