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Amid Reports of Strain in Ties With BJP, Upendra Kushwaha Set to Meet Rahul Gandhi on Dec 10

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RLSP leaders have been mulling over the issue of alliance with NDA at the party’s two-day brainstorming session at the party’s open session in Motihari in Bihar.

Amid Reports of Strain in Ties With BJP, Upendra Kushwaha Set to Meet Rahul Gandhi on Dec 10
File photo of Union Minister Upendra Kushwaha. (PTI File Photo)
New Delhi: Rashtriya Lok Samata Party chief and Union Minister Upendra Kushwaha will be meeting Congress president Rahul Gandhi on December 10, a day before the results of crucial assembly elections in five states, say sources.

RLSP leaders have been mulling over the issue of alliance with NDA at the party’s two-day brainstorming session at the party’s open session in Motihari in Bihar.

The leader said on condition of anonymity that Kushwaha is likely to put in his papers as Union minister. Kushwaha is the Minister of State for HRD in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) at the Centre.

Kushwaha has been demanding a ‘respectable’ number of seats from the BJP for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections for his party in Bihar.
On Wednesday, the RLSP made a scathing attack on the Narendra Modi government and the Nitish Kumar regime in Bihar.

In a strongly worded, four-page resolution, the RLSP expressed grave concern over many objectionable and unnecessary decisions taken by the BJP and the central government in the recent past.

Raking up the issue of temple construction in Ayodhya ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, the resolution said it “gives rise to the suspicion that the largest party in the coalition ruling the Centre, and some of its leaders, are deliberately trying to make the people forget about poverty, illiteracy and unemployment and get swayed by emotive issues. The party strongly condemns this attitude”.

In the strongest criticism so far of the Nitish Kumar government in the state, the party said the chief minister’s silence over scams during his rule give rise to the suspicion of his involvement in them and charged him with having capitulated before communal forces.

The grand alliance constituents like the RJD, the Congress and the HAM have been wooing Kushwaha for long.

The Union minister has also been in talks with former JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav who has formed his own party. There is speculation that two small parties are toying with the idea of a merger.

| Edited by: Ashutosh Tripathi





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