Upendra Kushwaha resigns as Union minister
New Delhi: In a major setback to the BJP, Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) president Upendra Kushwaha resigned as minister of state for human resource development on Monday.
Kushwaha was reportedly unhappy over the seat-sharing deal in Bihar for the next year’s Lok Sabha election. Besides, he has been targeting the BJP and Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar for weeks.
The RLSP chief has been upset with the BJP ever since it said that the RLSP would be given only two seats in the 2019 Lok Sabha election. On the hand, the BJP had said that both the JD (U) and the saffron party would fight equal number of seats in Bihar, which has 40 Lok Sabha seats.
Kushwaha resignation came hours after he said that he will not take part in the NDA meeting at Parliament House complex slated to be held at 4 pm.
According to sources, the RLSP may join hands with the opposition, which includes Lalu Prasad’s RJD and the Congress.