Kushwaha Inches Closer to Dumping NDA

RLSP leader Upendra Kushwaha expected to resign from NDA.

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Patna: With Upendra Kushwaha's self-drawn line in the sand violated with the passing of the November 30 deadline, it is now just a matter of time before the Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) leader announces his decision to leave the NDA along with his resignation from the Narendra Modi government at the Center.

As reported, Kushwaha had been angling for more seats in the NDA for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections only to be snubbed by Prime Minister Modi and BJP President Amit Shah. His frequent attempt to hold talks with Modi and Shah not yielding any result, Kushwaha had been grabbing headlines with rhetoric, innuendoes, and hyperbole against the NDA leaders only to face utter silence from all sides.

Talking to reporters in Patna on Saturday, the RLSP chief said that the NDA in Bihar was a 'sinking ship' and riding on it was only prove to be self-destructive.

"It appears that even Nitish Kumar has surrendered before the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). I had said it before that any boat that Nitish Kumar is riding in is destined to capsize. Given this, NDA is now going to face disastrous results in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The BJP still has time to take oars away from the Chief Minister's hand if it wants to save itself in the state," Kushwaha, who is seen by the BJP and JD-U leaders as a man with lofty dreams who brings little or no political value to the table, said.

The party is scheduled to hold its camp in Valmiki Nagar on December 4 and 5 and is also slated to hold its open convention in Motihari on December 6 during which he is expected to announce his departure from the NDA.

Meanwhile, both Congress and RJD made another offer to Kushwaha asking him to join hand with the Grand Alliance to take on NDA in Bihar in 2019.

In the past, Kushwaha's party was allotted three tickets though the party chief had been demanding more seats this time saying his base in Bihar had expanded and three seats were not only not enough, they were downright insulting considering the value he adds to the NDA.

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