Upendra Kushwaha debunks rumor of quitting NDA

Patna: Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) chairperson and Minister of State for Human Resource Development (HRD), Upendra Kushwaha on Friday debunked the rumor of him quitting the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government and joining the opposition in Bihar ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Speaking to ANI, the Union Minister said that these rumors have been intentionally spread by those who do not want Prime Minister Narendra Modi to emerge victorious in the upcoming general elections.

“In NDA, there are some people who don’t want Modi ji to become the prime minister again. Such people intentionally spread rumors to trigger conflicts within NDA,” he said.

These statements from Kushwaha came just a day after the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) floated its seat sharing formula for the upcoming polls in Bihar and decided to give only two seats to RLSP.

Reportedly, out of the total 40, the BJP will contest from as many as 20 seats while the Janata Dal-United (JDU), headed by Nitish Kumar, will fight on 12 seats. Ram Vilas Paswan’s Lok Janshakti Party is likely to contest from five seats.

Interestingly, this repudiating statement from Kushwaha came after he dropped a hint about siding with Lalu Prasad’s Rashtriya Janta Dal by saying, “the combination of milk from Yadavs and rice from Kushwahas makes for good kheer.”