Upendra Kushwaha's National Vice President Joins JD-U

Bhagwan Singh Kushwaha of RLSP joins JD-U on Friday.

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Patna: In a jolt to an already shaky Upendra Kushwaha who broke away from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led NDA in Bihar after the BJP snubbed his demand for more seats in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) national vice president Bhagwan Singh Kushwaha on Friday quit his party and joined Nitish Kumar's Janata Dal – U in the state.

Bhagwan Kushwaha was inducted into the JD-U by party state president Vashisht Narayan Singh in the presence of Bihar Education Minister Krishna Nandan Prasad Verma and other senior leaders. Hundreds of Kushwaha's supporters also followed the suit and joined JD-U leaving former Union Minister Upendra Kushwaha in a rather precarious political situation.

As reported, party chief Upendra Kushwaha, after failing to convince the Modi-Shah duo at the Center that he was a vital organ of the BJP-led coalition in winning seats in Bihar in the 2019 Parliamentary elections, severed ties with the NDA only to join Mahagathbandhan, or Grand Alliance, led by Lalu Prasad Yadav's Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD).

Several of his party leaders and supporters urged him not to break away from the NDA and join hand with the RJD that, they said, was a losing proposition in view of all the corruption cases against nearly all members of the family; yet Upendra Kushwaha chose to go against their wishes saying both the BJP and Nitish-led JD-U had failed to keep its promise in Bihar forcing him to join the alliance that includes, Congress, HAM, and a few other small parties besides the RJD.

Speaking on the occasion, Bhagwan Singh Kushwaha said that he had joined the RLSP on the condition that the party will remain a part of the NDA coalition.

"However, Upendra Kushwaha had been squirming since the day Nitish Kumar broke ties with the Mahagathbandhan and went back to the NDA. We tried to persuade him to stay in the NDA but he refused to listen to us leaving us with no choice but to join the JD-U that remains an integral part of the coalition," he said adding he intends to remain a part of the ongoing story of development under Nitish Kumar's leadership in Bihar.

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