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Rift within Upendra Kushwaha’s RLSP, legislators revolted against party

The Rashtriya Lok Samta Party on Saturday received a major setback with all its legislators of Bihar declaring that they are still with the National Democratic Alliance. They also accused party president Upendra Kushwaha of pursuing personal interests in announcing a break up with the NDA.

Upendra Kushwaha recently resigned as Minister of State for Human Resource Development from Modi Government and announced its break-up with the BJP led NDA. Kushwaha had reportedly been irked over seat-sharing for 2019 general elections within the state, in which Nitish Kumar is rumored to have cut a better deal than other allies in Bihar.

Both the Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) MLAs, Sudhanshu Shekhar, and Lalan Paswan, along with its single Member of Legislative Council (MLC) Sanjiv Singh Shyam announced that they will remain with NDA while addressing a Press Conference.

Moreover, In a Joint Press Conference, Sanjiv Singh Shyam has also said to move to the Election Commission with a claim that they represent ‘real’ RLSP, making it clear that party is moving towards a ‘split’.

RLSP fought the 2014 general election as well the 2015 state assembly polls as an NDA ally has altogether three MPs in the lower house, including Kushwaha, while has two MLAs and One MLC in Bihar.

While all three legislators announced its disassociation with Upendra Kushwaha, while Two MP have been already walking as an Independent from last two years!

They also accused Upendra Kushwaha of giving more interest in personal gains. They said ‘We had been stating since long that we were in favor of the RLSP remaining in the NDA but Kushwaha, who was more interested in his personal gains, paid no heed‘.

A rift within the party was first visible when both MLAs – Shekhar and Paswan – turned up at a meeting of BJP legislature party held at the residence of Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi.

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