Kushwaha’s party demands pound of flesh
A day before the floor test in Bihar Assembly, the Rashtriya Lok Samta Party, a BJP ally, has demanded its ponds of flesh. The party MP from Jehanabad, Arun Kumar, on Thursday raked up the issue of who will be the face of NDA during the assembly elections which is to be held next year.
While talking to Millennium Post on the sidelines of a press conference on Thursday, the Jehanabad MP said that Upendra Kushwaha would be the face of the NDA during Bihar assembly polls.
‘Kushwaha, the party president, is the need of the alliance. If they (BJP) want to dethrone ruling JD(U)government in the state, the NDA has to project Kushwaha as the face of the alliance,’ he further added.
The party, which has won three Lok Sabha seats in Bihar, also hit out at Nitish Kumar for accepting support from Lalu Prasad Yadav’s RJD to prop up the JD(U) government in the state and claimed that its president Sharad Yadav may soon join NDA.
RLSP president and MP Upendra Kushwaha said Kumar had once formed Samata Party to fight the ‘jungle raaj (lawlessness)’ under Prasad in Bihar but was now back to him.
‘Now Kumar has come out in support of ‘jungle raaj’ and Prasad has extended his support to ‘kushashan (misrule)’. He is exposed now,’ Kushwaha told reporters.
Referring to the reported differences between Kumar and Sharad Yadav, Kushwaha claimed that the JD(U) president was in ‘touch’ with senior NDA leaders and may soon cross over to the ruling alliance.
‘He is upset with Kumar. It was clear even during the campaign. He has enjoyed good relations with BJP leaders in the past. He is in touch with alliance leaders,’ he said.
RLSP’s chief general secretary Shivraj Singh said that the party would welcome Sharad Yadav if he chooses to come into the NDA fold as he was a senior leader of national stature.