Kushwaha Surrenders, Gets Bail; Nagmani Quits RLSP

RLSP chief Upendra Kushwaha arrives at Kotwali police station in Patna on Saturday.

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Patna: Continue to reel with one political setback after another, largely due to some self-inflicted wound, Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) chief Upendra Kushwaha, facing arrest in a case involving disturbing peace and inciting violence during his rally in Patna on February 2, surrendered in the Kotwali police station on Saturday in the presence of hundreds of his supporters.

After completing the usual formalities, Kushwaha posted his bail and walked out of the police station amid chanting of anti-Nitish slogans by his followers.

As reported, Kushwaha, who recently walked out of the BJP-led NDA over seat-sharing dispute and over Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party national president Amit Shah’s refusal to give him a time to meet, had called for a rally against the Nitish administration to oppose the government’s education policy. When he and his supporters tried to penetrate the police barrier at the Dak Bungalow crossing, they were faced with force during which many protestors, including Kushwaha himself, were said to be injured.

Kushwaha's supporters outside Kotwali Thana in Patna on Saturday.Kushwaha's supporters outside Kotwali Thana in Patna on Saturday.

The police had later filed a criminal case against the former Union Minister and nearly three hundred supporters of him urging them to surrender before the police or face non-bailable arrest warrant.

Meanwhile, senior RLSP leader and former Lalu supporter Nagmani resigned from the party on Sunday while making some senior accusations against Kushwaha.

“Kushwaha has sold the Motahari seat for the coming Lok Sabha elections to an official of a company accused in the 2G scam for a price of Rs. 9 crore. When I asked him why he did that, he told me that he needed money to effectively run the party and the campaign,” Nagmani, who has a checkered past of himself, said at a press conference in Patna.

He further said that the RLSP chief was not injured in the lathi charge on February 2 and was faking the whole thing to score political points.

Nagmani was also spotted hobnobbing with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at a government event last week raising the ire of Kushwaha who issued him a show-cause notice or prepared to get expelled from the party.

Kushwaha has denied the allegations saying when there had been no decision on seat-sharing in the Grand Alliance then how could he sell the ticket to someone else.

Party state president Satyanand Dangi, refuting allegations, said that Nagmani wanted two tickets, one for himself and the other for his wife, and when Kushwaha turned down his request, he began a smear campaign against the party chief.


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