Kush­waha set to meet Amit Shah next week

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - INDI - Vithika Salomi

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

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