Ahead of the Parliament winter session, the BJP ally and Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) president Upendra Kushwaha today resigned from his post as Union Minister.
Earlier, he announced that he will not be participating in the meeting of NDA allies today. Kushwaha, who was a Minister of State of the Union HRD Department, has been targeting the BJP and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, a key ally of the ruling party, for weeks. He had been targeting the BJP and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, a key ally of the ruling party, for weeks.
“I stand dejected, betrayed by your leadership,” said Kushwaha in his resignation letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “Unfortunate that government’s priority is not to work for poor but to fix political opponents,” Kushwaha further added. He declared that “I have left NDA, other options are open.”
He has been upset with the BJP after it asserted that the RLSP would not be given more than two seats in the 2019 Lok Sabha election, even as it went out of way to accommodate Kumar by agreeing that the saffron party and the JD(U) would fight the equal number of seats.
Bihar sends 40 MPs to Lok Sabha. RSLP fought on three seats in 2014 and won all seats, in alliance with BJP. However, Kushwaha demanded more for the upcoming elections citing that his party has grown in strength.
On November 17, he had asked the BJP to reach a consensus over the seat-sharing agreement. Later, a meeting between Rashtriya Janata Dal’s (RJD) Tejashwi Yadav and Kushwaha had set political circles abuzz with a possibility of the two parties siding with each other. RJD had reportedly offered more seats.