Kushwaha set to meet Amit Shah next week
Patna: Union Minister and Rashtriya Lok Samata Party chief Upendra Kushwaha on Saturday dismissed reports of any discontent with coalition partners and said that he will meet BJP chief Amit Shah next week to finalise the seat sharing formula.
Kushwaha said, “The 50-50 formula has been finalised only for the BJP and Janata Dal (United). Who will contest on how many seats is yet to be decided.”
Kushwaha, who is currently in Bihar to take part in some party event, said, “I had a conversation with the BJP president who has asked me to come to Delhi for the seat division talks. I told him I will be returning on Monday, after which we will meet and discuss these things. There is nothing more to speak on this issue right now.”
On Friday, Kushwaha sent the NDA camp into a flutter when he met Bihar’s Leader of the Opposition Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, minutes after Shah and Bihar CM Nitish Kumar held a joint press conference in Delhi to announce the 50-50 seat sharing formula between the BJP and the JD(U) in Bihar for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Both Kushwaha and Tejashwi had called it a “chance meet”, though Tejashwi had said that the RJD’s doors were always open for the former. Kushwaha reiterated that the RLSP was with the NDA, and asserted that the
party is working in a committed manner to ensure PM Narendra Modi’s return at the Centre for a second term. “As I have said this many times; the seat sharing is yet to be finalised and there is no reason to think why the RLSP will not get a fair deal in Bihar,” he said.
On Friday, Shah had assured
that all alliance partners would get a respectable seat share, though he had added that with the entry of the JD(U) in NDA, all parties will have to make some “sacrifices”. But RLSP spokesperson Madhav Anand said the BJP should consider the increased vote base of RLSP before finalising seat shares.
Upendra Kushwaha’s comment comes a day after the BJP announced that the BJP and JD(U) would get equal seat share in Bihar for Lok Sabha polls