Upendra Kushwaha to meet Amit Shah over seat sharing row for 2019 Lok Sabha polls
Updated:  Nov 11, 2018, 09:00 AM
Upendra Kushwaha, chief of Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) said he would inform BJP chief Amit Shah of the ‘humiliation’ he received by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. He sought an appointment with Shah and would also request BJP chief to clear the ‘confusion’ over seat-sharing among the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) constituents in the state at the earliest.
Kushwaha showed the sign that he will not settle for anything less than three seats in Bihar. He is giving signals that there is no unison among partners over seat-sharing for next year’s general election. The Union Minister created a stir with his ‘unscheduled meet’ with RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav at Arwal in Bihar, hours after the meeting.
If reports are to be believed Kushwaha has been angered after the Bharatiya Janata Party and the JD (U) decided to contest an equal number of seats in the upcoming polls in Bihar. BJP chief Amit Shah had already announced that BJP and Janata Dal (United) would contest an equal number of seats in the 2019 Lok Sabha election in Bihar.
Kushwaha is a former JD(U) leader, he quit the party in 2013 and created his own party. He had joined the NDA at a time when Kumar had snapped ties with the BJP.
RLSP chief recently got involved in an exchange of words with Bihar CM after claiming that latter once told him he would not want to remain CM after three consecutive terms. In return, the JD(U) chief hit back by saying that discussions should not be taken to such a ‘low level’.
After the BJP-JD(U) deal, small allies like the RLSP and the LJP are likely to get fewer seats in the polls. Opposition parties are trying to take this as an opportunity to woo Kushwaha into its fold.
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