Patna: Upendra Kushwaha’s Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) is in danger of becoming a one-man party the way its members are jumping the ship as resentment over Kushwaha keeping two of the five seats for himself grows while allegations of selling Lok Sabha seats to the highest bidders once again puts the reputation of the party president on line.
Ram Kumar Sharma, Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP), on Monday walked out of the party accusing Kushwaha of selling Motihari Lok Sabha seats three times to different bidders while also taking money to leave certain seats for other Mahagathbandhan allies.
“First he sold the Motihari ticket to Pradeep Mishra. Then he scammed Madhav Anand for the same ticket. Finally, he sold the ticket for the third time to Akash Singh who was not even a member of the RLSP till the day he was given the ticket. Similarly, he sold the Bettiah ticket to Janata Dal – U candidate Brajesh Kushwaha,” he said.
Sharma, who is an MP from Sitamarhi, said that because he did not support Kushwaha when he was attacking Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and was calling him a ‘neech’ (a scum), the RLSP chief denied him a ticket by leaving Sitamarhi seat for Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) candidate.
“Upendra Kushwaha never called the meeting of the party parliamentary board before allotting tickets. When he realized he has no chance of winning from Karakat, he decided to contest from Ujiarpur as well. The RLSP is contesting on five seats and it will lose at all five seats,” the MP said adding he was considering floating his own party and field candidates at all place where RLSP candidates are contesting from.
Several other party leaders have already left the party including MP Arun Kumar, Lallan Paswan, and Sudhanshu Shekhar.