RSLP led by Union Minister for HRD Upendra Kushwaha to leave NDA Government

RSLP led by Union Minister for HRD Upendra Kushwaha set to move out of NDA Government

Upendra Kushwaha, Photo: Twitter

Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP), a partner of the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA), led by the Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Upendra Kushwaha might as well quit the alliance.

Quoting a senior party leader as saying, PTI reported that the formal announcement is likely to be made today. The leader of RSLP, who did not want to be quoted told the news agency that Kushwaha might as well quit his minister’s post. “It is all just a formality which could be completed once Kushwaha visits Delhi and meets the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, the leader told the agency. It may be recalled that RLSP criticised the Narendra Modi Government and Nitish Kumar Government in Bihar only yesterday. What is more, Kushwaha, who has the veto to take suitable political decisions at the two-day brainstorming session of the party (Chintan Shivir) held in Valmiki Nagar in Bihar, which was attended by members of the national and state executives, is scheduled to address a rally at Motihari today, noted the report.

Ram Vilas Paswan

The party leader is again quoted as saying by the report that the party’s rigid position made it clear that “our association with NDA, which means the BJP and Lok Janshakti Party, led by Ram Vilas Passwan is over for all practical purposes. We had no tie-up with Janata Dal (United) led by Nitish Kumar in any case, since the latter had walked into the alliance only last year, while he was part of the coalition since 2014.”

The four-page resolution, the RLSP, without mincing words explicitly expressed concern over many alleged objectionable and unnecessary decisions taken by the BJP and the Union Government in the not too distant past. The resolution further stated that though the RLSP was not against the construction of mosques and temples, nevertheless, this is not the function of political parties and their meddling in such matters cause unwarranted tensions in the society and further diverts the attention of the public from core issues.

Over the increasing noise in favour of the construction of a Ram Mandir in Ayodhya before the Lok Sabha polls in 2019 gives credence to the suspicion that the largest part in the coalition, BJP, which is ruling at the Federal level and few of their leaders are deliberately trying to make people forget about a gamut of issues such as poverty, illiteracy and rising unemployment and get swayed by emotive issues. Therefore, RLSP strongly condemns this attitude, the resolution said in a strongly worded statement.

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar

Apparently, the strongest jibe so far of the Nitish Kumar Government in Bihar, the RLSP took potshot at the ruling dispensation that Kumar’s silence over corruption issues during his tenure gave rise to the suspicion of his involvement in these scams, the resolution said and further charged the CM with having capitulated before communal forces.

“Collapse of law and order has forced the people of the state to live in fear. The Bihar Government revels in its own gimmicks coming up with fanciful ideas like a five-year agriculture road map while turning a blind eye towards the problems faced by the peasantry. Therefore, RLSP takes the pledge to dislodge this Government from power in Bihar, deeming it necessary to usher in peace and prosperity.”

RLSP’s future course of action was not clear even though the grand alliance constituents Rashtriya Janata Dal, Congress and Hindustani Awam Morcha have been trying to reach the RLSP for long. Furthermore, Kushwaha has also been in discussions with former JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav who has formed his own party. Speculation is rife that the two small parties are contemplating on a possible merger, concurred the report.

Finally, a spectre of a split also loomed large on the RLSP with both its MLAs and a lone MLC, besides one of its MPs, were reported to be in touch with Nitish Kumar and keen on remaining in the NDA in the event of Kushwaha getting out of the coalition, added the report.