RLSP Leader Quits Party, Joins BJP

RLSP leader Ashok Kumar Verma joins BJP on Monday.

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Patna: Just as the 2019 Lok Sabha elections are winding down with the seventh and final phase of the polls to be held on May 19, some politicians, still searching for a greener pasture, are switching parties in the run up of the poll results that are to be announced on May 23.

On Monday, Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) leader Ashok Kumar Verma left the party of former NDA minister Upendra Kushwaha and joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) along with a few hundreds of his supporters.

Verma, at a function that is usually dubbed as 'Milan Samaroh', joined the BJP in the presence of party in-charge in Bihar Bhupendra Yadav and party state president Nityanand Rai.

Verma, like most politicians who leave their party, lashed out at his former boss saying he was irked by his decision to quit the NDA and go along with parties like Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Congress that are synonymous with crime and corruption.

"This was a huge mistake on part of Kushwaha who did not consult other senior leaders of the party before snapping tie with the NDA," he said.

Verma then indulged in the customary praise of Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying he had done a tremendous job in the last five years and therefore, it was only natural for the voters to give him another five years so he could fulfill all of his promises.

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