Split in NDA: Kushwaha resigns to join UPA

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In a blow to the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), Upendra Kushwaha, Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) chief, has resigned as the Union Minister of State (MoS) for Human Resource and Development (HRD) over the Bharatiya Janata Party’s seat-sharing deal in Bihar.

Upendra Kushwaha had been targeting the BJP after the latter refused to give it more than two seats to contest the Lok Sabha election 2019.

The decision to rest the endless speculations of him severing ties with the NDA came hours after Kushwaha said that he will not attend the allies meeting today. Kushwaha is likely to attend he opposition meeting today.

While Kushwaha’s party has been given only two seats to contest the Lok Sabha election 2019, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United) (JDU) was offered the same number of seats as the BJP.

Kushwaha had been maintaining that the number of seats his party was offered was not respectable. He had even hinted at a “great threat” to the NDA if his party is not offered a respectable number of seats to contest the Lok Sabha elections 2019.

On December 6, a senior RLSP leader had hinted that Upendra Kushwaha may announce his parting of ways with the BJP over the latter’s refusal to give more than two seats to RLSP in the Lok Sabha polls.

“Kushwaha is likely to announce his parting of ways with the BJP today. He will also quit as a Union minister,” a senior RLSP leader said, adding that the party may join hands with Lalu Prasad Yadav’s Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the Congress.

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