PATNA: Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) chief and union minister Upendra Kushwaha is set to dump the NDA and join the Grand Alliance very soon, media reports said.
The speculation about Kushwaha dumping the NDA has begun doing the rounds in view of recent meeting between the RLSP president and RJD chief Lalu Prasad, as per reports in the local media.
“They held a one-on-one meeting and discussed current political scenario in Bihar and likely political moves ahead of the 2019 general elections,” a RJD leader was quoted as saying by news agency IANS.
The development took place shortly after Kushwaha was projected as the chief ministerial candidate of Bihar at a recent rally by the RLSP at Patna’s Gandhi Maidan over the pathetic academic situation in the state.
Sources said Kushwaha is not happy with the NDA at the way Nitish Kumar returned to the NDA camp and he was recently told to resign from the Union cabinet by the BJP although he refused to do that.
Reports said the RJD chief too has no problem in projecting Kushwaha as the CM candidate as his son Tejashwi is still in the process of leaning politics.
Kushwaha also is well aware of the fact that the BJP was not going to spare too many seats for his party in the next Lok Sabha polls with too many parties, such as Hindustani Awam Morcha of Jitan Ram Manjhi and JD-U of Nitish Kumar joining the NDA.
The RLSP had won three LS seats out of four it had contested in the last elections.