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Kushwaha quits NDA, says doors open for alliance

12/10/2018

New Delhi, In a setback to the BJP-led NDA Government just a day ahead of the counting of votes for polls in five states, RLSP leader and Union Minister of State Upendra Khushwaha on Monday quit the NDA government, charging the Narendra Modi-led Government of implementing the RSS agenda across the country. Addressing a press conference here after quitting the Union Cabinet, the RLSP Chief announced that his doors are open either for going with the Congress-led grand alliance or playing an active role in creation of the third front. At the press conference , Mr Kushwaha, attacking the BJP and JDU for injustice done to Bihar especially in the sector of special status, education and health, said,'in Valmikinagar conference of our party, the leaders and workers of the RLSP had authorised me to take call on leaving NDA. Now, I am announcing that we have parted ways with the NDA. Our options are open. Either we will fight alone or go with Mahagathbandhan or form a third front. We will soon take decision on our next move.' Upendra Kushwaha, who was a minister of state for HRD in Modi government, said his decision came after his failed attempt to meet BJP Chief Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The RLSP Chief also charged the JD(U) and the BJP of destroying his party.“Since the beginning, the BJP had tried to break my party. Lately, the JD-U is also trying to do the same. Now, both have joined hands. They have started insulting me and Nitish Kumar has publicly called me ‘neech’,” said Mr Kushwaha. On asked about any merger plan with Sharad Yadav’s LJD, he said, “It would be immature to comment on it. Our options are open now. We will soon take a call.” In his resignation letter to PM Modi, Kushwaha said he felt ‘dejected’ and ‘betrayed’ by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership.‘’Having served in your Council of ministers for the last 55 months, I stand dejected and betrayed by your leadership. The fact of the matter is that under your leadership, grave and unprecedented justice has been cpmmiyyed upon Bihar . I say this with a sense of deep regret and sorrow,’’Mr Kushwaha said in his resignation letter to PM Modi. Last month, he met Mr Yadav at his residence in Delhi and there was a media report that he may merge his party with LJD. Mr Khushwaha was peeved over the seat adjustment talks among the NDA constituents and reportedly insisted that he should be given three or four seats among the 40 Lok Sabha constituencies in Bihar. RLSP is the second ally , after the TDP, to quit the NDA.Mr Khushwaha's party has three MPs in the Lok Sabha. However, Jahanabad MP Arun Kumar had last year "dissociated" himself from Mr Khushwaha. The RLSP leader's move to quit the NDA is expected to give a boost to the anti-BJP forces for next year's general elections.

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