Upendra Kushwaha quits NDA; triggers realignment of political equations in Bihar

New Delhi, News24 Bureau, Dec 10: Finally all speculations regarding RLSP chief Kushwaha quitting NDA ends. Kushwaha met Congress president Rahul Gandhi after exiting NDA. He has quit both from the party and as union minister today, just a day ahead of the start of the Winter Session of Parliament. This has triggered a realignment of political equations in Bihar. Kushwaha met Congress president Rahul Gandhi and is likely to attend the opposition 'gathbandhan' meeting in New Delhi today.

After quitting Kushwaha attacked Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, "State government has failed. Nitish ji's agenda is to destroy me and my party. This was started by BJP. In Bihar election, seats of all allies were increased. But injustice was done to RLSP."Justifying his decision RLSP Chief Upendra Kushwaha said, " I had a bitter experience. I had attempted to put forth my words strongly while in NDA so that the people of Bihar get justice. But even after all these efforts, BJP stood with Bihar CM. Nitish ji has done injustice to people on all fronts."The Rashtriya Lok Samta Party chief has been targeting the BJP and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, a key ally of the ruling party, for weeks.  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 the way to accommodate Kumar by agreeing that the saffron party and the JD(U)  would fight an equal number of seats.  

The RLSP may join hands with the opposition, which includes Lalu Prasad's RJD and the Congress. Bihar sends 40 MPs to Lok Sabha. This decision may or may not be very correct for the RLSP chief, but it is certainly going to help RJD and Congress in the state.

With Agencies