Former Union Minister Upendra Kushwaha quits BJP to join Grand Alliance - TNBCLive

Today, former Union Minister Upendra Kushwaha is likely to join the grand alliance led by the opposition parties, a week after he quits NDA complains of “arrogance”. The RLSP (Rashtriya Lok Samiti Party) Chief Upendra Kushwaha is expected to announce at a press conference later today along with Congress and RJD’s Chief Tejashwi Yadav.

Congress leader Sadanand Singh made the announcement that the meeting of Bihar’s Mahagathbandhan leaders is scheduled at 4 pm for seat sharing. Mr. Singh continued that “I believe Rahul Ji (Rahul Gandhi) has called them to have an initial discussion on the seat sharing in Bihar for Lok Sabha elections.”

Stating that Upendra Kushwaha was “more than willing” to join a grand alliance of opposition parties, on Wednesday, he said that Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi had now evolved into a mature leader and “is a likely option for replacing Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister next year.”

He also hits out at his former NAD (National Democratic Alliance) allies adding that “People of the NDA have become arrogant, particularly Nitish Kumar in the context of Bihar. It was this conceit that made us split from them.”

Mr. Kushwaha urged another NAD ally, Ram Vilas Paswan’s LJP (Lok Janshakti Party) to quit the alliance. “Others will not be safe from this arrogance either. The LJP must also come out of the alliance as soon as possible. These people have decided to destroy small parties, and if the LJP also gets the same feeling, they must exit the alliance at the earliest too,” added the former RLSP Chief.

Rashtriya Lok Samiti Party has 3-members in the Parliament, pulled out of BJP on December 10 after weeks of seething with their seat-sharing deal with CM Kumar, which allocated small parties with lesser seats to contest in the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections.

In his resignation letter, Mr. Kushwaha wrote that “having served in your council of ministers for the last 55 months, I stand dejected and betrayed by your leadership. There has been a fundamental problem in what you promised to the people before elections and what you have actually delivered after coming to power.”

Now, LJP is pressing for 6-seats in the Lok Sabha and 1-seat in the Rajya Sabha and has also warned that it won’t settle for less this time.

Upendra Kushwaha has been bonding with opposition leaders, including those from the Congress as well.

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