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B.S. Kushwaha quits RLSP, joins JD(U)

RLSP vice-president Bhagwan Singh Kushwaha in Patna on Friday.

RLSP vice-president Bhagwan Singh Kushwaha in Patna on Friday.  

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‘NDA would win 2019 Lok Sabha polls’

Rashtriya Lok Samata Party national vice-president Bhagwan Singh Kushwaha on Friday left the party and joined the ruling JD(U) along with his supporters here and asserted that the NDA would win 2019 Lok Sabha polls in the State.

Mr. Kushwaha joined the JD(U) in the presence of party State unit president Bashishtha Narayan Singh and Education Minister Krishnandan Prasad Verma.

His exit from RLSP may prove to be another jolt for Upendra Kushwaha as three legislators — Sudhanshu Shekhar, Lalan Paswan and Sanjeev Shyam Singh (ML) — have already announced that they would chart a different path than that of the party head.

Out of the RLSP’s three MPs, Jehanabad MP Arun Kumar is a dissident while Sitamarhi MP Ram Kumar Sharma is with the RLSP chief. Upendra Kushwaha is the third MP of the party.

Bhagwan Singh Kushwaha, a former Bihar Minister, said, “I have joined the JD(U) with the RLSP’s 35 State-level office-bearers and 1,200 workers after Upendra Kushwaha decided to leave NDA and join UPA.”

“When I joined the RLSP, my condition was that it should remain with the NDA. What Kushwaha has done (by severing ties with the NDA) was not liked by party’s rank and file. I tried my level best to ensure that Upendra Kushwaha should remain with NDA but he (Upendra) started feeling unease after Nitish Kumar joined the NDA,” he said.

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