RLSP’s Upendra Kushwaha Joins UPA, Becomes Part Of Grand Alliance

| December 20 , 2018 , 17:40 IST

Former union minister and chief of the Bihar-based Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) Upendra Kushwaha joined the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance on Thursday, days after he quit the National Democratic Alliance.

Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel made the announcement at a press conference in Delhi, which was attended by Tejashwi Yadav, Sharad Yadav, Upendra Kushwaha, among others.

Ahmed Patel  said, "There is a gathbandhan in Bihar, it's a matter of happiness that Upendra Kushwaha is joining the mahagathbandhan."

Earlier, Kushwaha reached the Congress headquarters and had talks with party president Rahul Gandhi.

“We had said that we have many options and UPA was one of them. The wholeheartedness shown by Rahul Gandhi and Lalu Yadav is one of the reasons I joined but the biggest reason I’m here is the people of Bihar,” ANI quoted him as saying.

According to the reports of ANI Kushwaha hit out at his former National Democratic Alliance (NDA) allies. "People of the NDA have become arrogant, particularly Nitish Kumar in the context of Bihar. It was this conceit that made us split from them."

He further requested another NDA ally, Ram Vilas Paswan's Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), to quit the alliance. "Others will not be safe from this arrogance either. The LJP must also come out of the alliance as soon as possible. These people have decided to destroy small parties, and if the LJP also gets the same feeling, they must exit the alliance at the earliest too."

Kushwaha had quit from his post as Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development and walked out of the NDA alliance in Bihar and at the Centre.

According to media reports Kushwaha wrote in his resignation letter, "Having served in your council of ministers for the last 55 months, I stand dejected and betrayed by your leadership. There has been a fundamental problem in what you promised to the people before elections and what you have actually delivered after coming to power."

According to the sources Kushwaha has been offered four or five seats to contest in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.