New Delhi, News24 Bureau, Nov 12: Union Minister and RLSP Chief Upendra Kushwaha has upped the ante as he meets 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," siad RLSP Chief Upendra Kushwaha 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 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.Before leaving for New Delhi, the Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) chief told reporters at the airport here that he had sought an appointment with Shah. But his meeting Janta Dal leader Shard Yadav has confused many and set the tongues wagging.Kushwaha said he met Ram Vilas Paswan, the president of NDA constituent Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), earlier in the day 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'statementKushwaha 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".
Meeting Amit Shah could thaw the ice:RLSP supporters took out a protest march here Saturday, 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.He has been maintaining that his party has a tie-up only with the BJP and not with the JD(U)."I also discussed the issue of seat-sharing with Paswan. He too was of the opinion that formal talks on seat-sharing, taking all NDA constituents in Bihar on board, ought to be held at the earliest in order to dispel confusion," the RLSP chief said.
But his meeting Sharad Pawar has kick-started a fresh set of controversy.