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RLSP doesn’t have alliance with Nitish Kumar’s JD-U in Bihar, NDA ally says

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PATNA: The prevailing rift within the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in Bihar widened further on Friday after Union minister Upendra Kushwaha said his party doesn’t have any alliance with the JD-U headed by chief minister Nitish Kumar.

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Kushwaha heads the Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) which is a part of the NDA, along with the JD-U.

“The RLSP had entered into an alliance with the BJP and the LJP in 2014 when the JD-U was not a part of the NDA. So, my party holds the responsibility to follow the coalition dharma only with the BJP and LJP,” Kushwaha told a Press conference on Friday, clarifying his party doesn’t have its alliance with the JD-U.

He said to ensure his party enters into an alliance with the JD-U, the BJP chief will have to intervene.

“The BJP president should hold a meeting over the issue. My party can decide over entering into poll truck with the JD-U only when I get convinced with the statements of the chief minister,” Kushwaha explained.

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He said the BJP was serious over his party’s demand for grant of more LS seats.

“Had that not been the case, the distribution of seats would have already been made by Amit Shah who had announced to complete the process within ‘two-three’ days last months,” Kushawaha asserted.

He also took potshots at the chief minister for frequently changing his allies.

“Ham JD-U ki tarah ‘aaya’gaya’ type nahin hain (The RLSP is not like the JD-U which frequently changes its partners midway),” Kushwaha added.

The RLSP chief further sought for more seats for his party claiming his party support base had significantly increased in the past few years.

“My party wants more than three seats. Our position has strengthened in the past few years,” he said.

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