PATNA: The RLSP on Saturday received a major setback with its members in the bicameral legislature of
declaring that they were still with the NDA as they accused party president
Upendra Kushwaha +
of pursuing personal interests in the announcement of a break up with the coalition.
Both the Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) MLAs – Sudhanshu Shekhar and Lalan Paswan– and its lone MLC-Sanjiv Singh Shyam- made a statement to this effect at a joint press conference.
They also took a ministerial berth for Shekhar, who is a first-term MLA and the youngest among the three
We will also approach the Election Commission with the claim that we represent the real RLSP and we enjoy the support of most workers and office-bearers in the party, Shyam said making it clear that the RLSP is heading toward a split.
RLSP which fought the 2014 general elections as well as the 2014 state elections as a NDA constituent has three MLAs, including Kushwaha, two MLAs and one MLC in Bihar.
While the three legislators have announced their separation from Kushwaha, among the two other Lok Sabha members – Arun Kumar from Jehanabad and Ram Kumar Sharma from Sitamarhi – the past two years for independent course charting.
Sharma, who initially made statements in favor of NDA and Nitish Kumar later changed his stance and was seen with Kushwaha when he had announced his resignation from the Cabinet and also severing ties with the NDA in Delhi.
We had been talking about the RLSP remaining in the NDA but Kushwaha, who was more interested in his personal gains, paid no heed, Shyam said pointing to the RLSP chiefs quitting announcement on Monday.
The RLSP MLC alleged that the last year of Nitish Kumar returned to the NDA last year after the ministerial berth of RLSP bot being considered for a ministerial berth.
In reality, he never tried When ministerial berths were being allocated among allies he was simply roaming around in Patna, Shyam claimed.
Khushwaha was happy with his own ministerial berth at the Center. After that, his entire attention was getting a deal that served his interests better. He simply did not care that somebody from his party should get a ministerial berth in the state as well, he added.
Replying to a query, he said neither he nor Paswan wants ministerial berths
We would like Sudhanshu Shekhar’s inclusion ministers in the state council and if he is the same for the consideration, then he will be greatly disappointed.
We are not defectors Rather, we represent the real RLSP. Our stance is in line with the sentiments of most workers and office-bearers in the party. We will soon be approaching the Election Commission with our claim, he added.
NDA leaders in Bihar were not available for comments on the development
However, rumblings in the party had come to the fore last month when Shekhar and Paswan turned up at a meeting of BJP legislature party deputy chief minister of residence