Patna: After keeping everyone guessing for weeks whether he will or he won't, Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) chief Upendra Kushwaha on Monday walked out of the NDA government after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) refused to acquiesce to his demand for more seats in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
A dejected Kushwaha, also resigned from the Narendra Modi ministry saying he felt betrayed by the Prime Minister who, he said had failed to live up to his electoral promises that he made in 2014.
The RLSP chief was the Minister of State for HRD in the Modi government. He is a Member of Parliament From Karakat Lok Sabha seat in Rohtas district,
"It is unfortunate that the government's priority is not to work for the poor and oppressed, but to fix political opponents by hook or crook," Kushwaha said in the letter.
Launching a scathing attack on the BJP, the Rashtriya Swyamsevak Sangh (RSS) and Bihar Chief Minister and Janata Dal – U President Nitish Kumar, the RLSP leader said that the Prime Minister failed to do anything for Bihar where health and education sectors were in worse shape than ever before.
"I had high hope from Narendra Modi and Nitish Kumar but failed to live up the expectations of the people of Bihar," he said.
Announcing he was quitting the NDA, Kushwaha said he was keeping his options open with chances of him joining the Grand Alliance in Bihar very high.
He also accused Nitish Kumar of being hell-bent on destroying his party and his political career as Kumar saw him as a threat to his political ambitions.
Kushwaha, who was scheduled to meet with Congress chief Rahul Gandhi later today. also slammed the RSS saying it was due to the utterances of its chief Mohan Bhagwat that led to the loss of the NDA in the 2015 state elections.
Janata Dal – U leaders were quick to respond saying Kushwaha thought too high of himself in spite of the fact that his political clout in Bihar is almost non-existent.
Such comments were augmented by three RLSP legislators who openly expressed their disagreement with Kushwaha saying this was unacceptable and they would not hesitate in joining hands with the JD-U to remain in the NDA, if needed.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS