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Kushwaha fails to get appointment from PM too, could dump NDA next week

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PATNA: Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP)’s association with the NDA could come to an end next week.

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Informed sources said Union minister Kushwaha is angry at getting “ignored” even at the level of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and has decided to dump the NDA the very next week.

Reports said the RLSP chief could make this announcement at the two-day meeting of the party scheduled to be held at Valmiki nagar in West Champaran district from December 4.

The RLSP chief had on Monday sought appointment from the Prime Minister in between November 27 to November 30 to inform him of the prevailing political situation in the Bihar NDA.

However, the PM left for three-day tour of Argentina on Thursday to attend G-20 summit and will be returning only on November 2.

Party leaders described it as open “insult” of the leader who happens to be a minister in the NDA government.

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The options for Kushwaha to continue with the NDA had got limited after BJP chief Amit Shah refused to meet him despite his repeated bids. He wanted to meet Shah over the issue of seat-sharing as the RLSP was offered only two seats by the BJP.

Angry Kushwaha later announced not to meet any BJP leader in future except for the PM but he failed to get desired response from the latter too.

Earlier this month, he had served an ultimatum to the BJP to finalise the seat-sharing deal by November 30.

“Is mahine ke ant tak batchit ka daur pura ho…sammanjanak seat mile (I request the BJP to complete the seat-sharing process by the end of this month, possibly by November 30, and give ‘respectable’ number of seats to the RLSP),” Kushwaha had told a Press conference in Patna at the end of his party’s state executive meeting held on November 17.

According to him, he tried to meet BJP chief Amit Shah twice to discuss the seat-sharing deal but failed in his attempts.

“Now, I won’t take the initiate from my side to meet any BJP leader except for Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” he declared.

It was in this background that he sought appointment from the PM but failed in his attempts here too.

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