New Delhi, News24 Bureau, Nov 17: The election fever is at its zenith and all activities at the centre and the state level are being watched closely by the political pundits. The latest political developments in Bihar are intriguing though as new developments and announcements, being anticipated by the media will further weaken the BJP in Bihar. Or will it? Because had this been true, then astute politician that BJP President Amit Shah is, would not have avoided meeting RSLP chief Upendra Kushwaha, who is also a Union minister.
Any political twists and turns in Hindi Heartland has an immense impact on the national political scenario.
As of now, The RSLP chief has returned to Patna on Saturday morning without meeting Amit Shah. And after having a meeting with his party workers, he is expected to make a major announcement.
As an astute and suave politician that Upendra Kushwaha is, he is keeping all options open. He has met practically all major leaders in last fortnight; from Tejashwi Yadav, to Ashok Gehlot to Sharad Yadav.
Kushwaha upped the ante by meeting Sharad Yadav:
Union Minister and RLSP Chief Upendra Kushwaha had upped the ante when he met Loktantrik Janata Dal leader Sharad Yadav. The rift between Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and Kushwaha is now out in open. There was simmering discontent as Kushwaha was not happy with the number of seats his party was given to contest in the 2019 Lok Sabha election in Bihar. Kushwaha has reportedly been peeved after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Janata Dal (United) decided to contest an equal number of seats in the 2019 Lok Sabha election.
"Nitish Kumar ji has been trying to poach MLAs. He has come down to destroying Upendra Kushwaha and his Party but he cannot cause any damage to me. He is a part of the NDA and so are we, he should not do such things," RLSP Chief had said in Delhi.
Upendra Kushwaha on November 11 had said he would apprise BJP chief Amit Shah of the "humiliation" he had suffered at the hands of Bihar Chief Minister and JD(U) supremo Nitish Kumar. Kushwaha also had said he would also request Shah to clear the "confusion" over seat-sharing among the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) constituents in the state at the earliest.
Kushwaha also said he met Ram Vilas Paswan, the president of NDA constituent Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) and the latter concurred with his view that seat-sharing talks should be held at the earliest, involving all the coalition partners.
Kushwaha has reportedly been peeved after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Janata Dal (United) decided to contest an equal number of seats in the 2019 Lok Sabha election in Bihar.
Kushwaha also upset with Nitish Kumar's 'neech'statement:
Kushwaha is also unhappy with Kumar for his alleged "neech" statement. It was made at a television programme about a week ago when the JD(U) chief had refused to comment on reports that the RLSP might end up getting fewer seats than it had fought and won in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
Kushwaha took exception to Kumar's response that commenting on the issue would "lower the standard of the discourse". The Union minister has alleged that the remark is tantamount to him being called "lowly".
RLSP supporters took out a protest march demanding an apology from the chief minister.
"During my meeting with Shah, I intend to raise both the issues -- seat sharing as well as the humiliation by Nitish Kumar," Kushwaha said.