Bihar polls: Cracks in Opposition ranks as RLSP mulls exit from Grand alliance

The RLSP leaders deplored the RJD's propensity for taking 'ektarfa' (unilateral) decisions, blaming it for bringing the grand alliance to the brink of disintegration.

Published: 24th September 2020 06:42 PM  |   Last Updated: 24th September 2020 06:42 PM   |  A+A-

RLSP chief Upendra Kushwaha

RLSP chief Upendra Kushwaha (File Photo | PTI)


PATNA: The Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) on Thursday expressed regret over the RJD's indifference towards its efforts to keep the Grand Alliance intact and authorised it's founding president Upendra Kushwaha to decide the party's future course.

At an emergency meeting of the party here, the RLSP leaders deplored the RJD's propensity for taking "ektarfa" (unilateral) decisions, blaming it for bringing the grand alliance to the brink of disintegration.

"We had quit the NDA, given up positions of power, because of the belief that the country needed a political alternative. It seems all our efforts are going down the drain", RLSP principal national general secretary Madhaw Anand told PTI after the meeting.

"We did everything possible to preserve the grand alliance but we're done in by the RJD's obstinacy. We shall always remain committed to the causes we have espoused but we are not left with much hope in the so-called grand alliance which has already lost former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi's HAM to the NDA", Anand rued.

He said the opposition coalition, given the confusion over Tejashwi Yadav's leadership and the role of Left parties, was "in effect only helping the NDA gain an upper hand".

"Some decision has to be taken by the RLSP. We cannot afford to drag our feet. Hence at the meeting where all members of our national and state executives were present, Kushwaha was authorised to take a decision", he added without divulging more detail.

Party sources, however, said on condition of anonymity that RLSP leaders were in regular touch with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's JD (U) and an exit from the grand alliance and return to the NDA was a "mere formality".

The RLSP had quit the NDA in December, 2018, which also caused Kushwaha to lose his place in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's council of ministers.

The party, which won three seats in 2014 general election under NDA umbrella, drew a blank in 2019 when it entered poll fray as a partner of the grand allianc in Bihar.

It's two MLAs and one MLC also broke ranks and merged with the JD(U).

In the event of RLSP saying goodbye to the grand alliance, the opposition grouping will be left with the RJD, Congress and Vikashsheel Insaan Party (VIP), a fledgling outfit floated by former Bollywood set designer Mukesh Sahni.


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