Kushwaha Sets Deadline for Talks on Seat-Sharing Arrangement

Upendra Kushwaha holding a press meet in Patna on Saturday.

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Patna: Rashtriya Lok Samata Party president Upendra Kushwaha, peeved by the fact that his party was not getting any respect from the Modi-Shah led NDA of which he currently is an ally, set a deadline for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders to come clean on seat-sharing arrangement by November 30 or else!

Without disclosing how many seats had been offered to him for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the Human Resources Minister of State said the numbers were 'not respectable' and if his party was not recognized for the value it brings to the NDA and more seats were not offered to him, he would be force to take some drastic measure to rectify it.

Speaking at the party executive meeting in Patna on Saturday, Kushwaha also took shots at his off-again, on again bête noire and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and BJP leader and Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi for not coming out in his support in his demand for more seats than the 2014 Parliamentary polls.

Clearly taking out the meaning of the word 'neech', or low, out of context, the Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) leader said that it was a personal insult to him and the entire Kushwaha community in Bihar would teach him a lesson if he did not issue an unconditional apology to him.

Frustrated with the way he has been treated, or rather ignored, by the Modi-Shah duo, the Central Minister said that he would not meet with anyone else except the Prime Minister himself to discuss seat-sharing arrangement for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Meanwhile, angered by Kushwaha's continuing grandstanding over seat-sharing, BJP leader and Bihar Agriculture Minister Prem Kumar said that the RLSP leader should first resign from his post in the central government before walking out of the NDA.

"Mr. Kushwaha should first decide whether he wants to remain in the NDA or not. If he does not want to be a part of the BJP-led coalition then he should resign from the ministry immediately," he said.

Vinod Kumar Singh, another BJP leader and a minister in the Nitish cabinet, also reminded Kushwaha that he was not the 'sole contractor' of the Kushwaha community and he needed to stop acting like one.

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