Upendra Kushwaha Rubbishes Claims of Bribery, Corruption

RLSP chief Upendra Kushwaha holding a press conference in Patna on Wednesday.

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Patna: A defensive Upendra Kushwaha, the Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) chief, at a press conference in Patna on Wednesday, denied allegations of corruptions and bribery against him saying he categorically denied all accusations and if he was proven to be guilty, he would retire from political life for good.

As reported, former Kushwaha supporter, also a tainted politician, Nagmani, who has been a member of nearly all political parties in Bihar at one time or another depending on his political needs, had on Monday accused Kushwaha of selling a party ticket to one Madhav Anand for a price tag of Rs. 9 crore. That was after the fact that Kushwaha took money in excess of Rs. 90 lakh from one Pradeep Mishra of Motihari who he had promised to give a party ticket for the Lok Sabha elections.

Mishra said that besides giving more than Rs. 10 crore to the party, he deposited Rs. 90 lakh in Kushwaha’s personal bank account on December 12. The deal was that Mishra would get a party ticket from Motihari. “However, Kushwaha made a different deal with Madhav Anand who paid him a price of Rs. 9 crore,” Nagmani had alleged.

“It is true that I took money from Mishra because I was in need of some cash. He deposited Rs. 9- lakh in my account but it was a case of a friend helping a friend financially. I made no promise of giving a ticket to him or stuck a gun to his head asking him to give the money or else. Is it a crime to get financial help from someone?” the RLSP chief, who has been nursing the dream of replacing Janata Dal – U Nitish Kumar from the Chief Minister’s post for quite some time, said.

He further said that running a party is not an easy or cheap endeavor and requires a lot of money and many party members contribute towards different events like organizing rallies or holding press conferences so it would be wrong to say that it was he who personally received these funds.

Kushwaha also denied allegation of corruption involving a foreign trip.

“A friend of mine was going to a foreign country. He asked me if he wanted me to come with him. Since I couldn’t afford an air ticket because of my limited means, he voluntarily chose to pay for the ticket from his own pocket. Is that a crime?” he said.

Rubbishing all the allegations by Nagmani and Mishra, the former Union Minister who left the NDA administration after being snubbed by the Modi-Shah team, joined hands with the Lalu-led Mahagathbandhan where he, like Hindustani Awam Morcha’s Jitan Ram Manjhi, still continues to struggle to find a respectable place within the Grand Alliance.

“How could I sell a ticket when there has been no decision on seat-sharing in the Mahagathbandhan. Charges against me are patently false and if anyone can prove it to be true, I am willing to pay the price and will also take permanent retirement from politics,” Kushwaha said.

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