Despite Electoral Humiliation, Kushwaha Tries to Remain Politically Relevant

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

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Patna: Trying to remain politically relevant in Bihar despite his party's total destruction in the Lok Sabha elections and his own losses from two different constituencies, Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) chief Upendra Kushwaha, at a press conference in Patna on Sunday, said he would support Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in his demand for special status for Bihar and would do anything to get what is the right of Bihar.

Patna: Trying to remain politically relevant in Bihar despite his party's total destruction in the Lok Sabha elections and his own losses from two different constituencies, Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) chief Upendra Kushwaha, at a press conference in Patna on Sunday, said he would support Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in his demand for special status for Bihar and would do anything to get what is the right of Bihar.

"Chief Minister Nitish Kumar should continue to raise demand for special economic status for Bihar and he can count on my support in this regard. He should take a delegation of all parties from Bihar to Delhi to build pressure on the Modi government," Kushwaha, who has a long history of political rivalry with Kumar with an eye on the Chief Minister's post, said on Sunday.

With his political future very much in doubt considering his long enmity with Nitish Kumar and his party's absolute obliteration in the last Lok Sabha elections, Kushwaha sounded desperate to keep himself relevant despite being soundly rejected by the voters in Bihar.

"We may be down but we are not out and soon we would go on a statewide tour to talk to people to find out what led to our party's loss in the state," he said.

Kushwaha, who knows that alone he has zero standing in Bihar, defended Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejaswi Yadav for the loss of Grand Alliance in the state where it won only one out of 40 seats saying all party chiefs were responsible for the loss and it was unfair to pin the blame solely on the former Deputy Chief Minister.

The RJD leader, who failed to bring any change in the education system during his tenure as the Human Resources and Development for State under the first Modi government, however, pledged to continue to work to improve education in Bihar without mentioning how he planned to do that.

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