RLSP yet to crack a deal with oth­ers

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - INDI - Vithika Salomi

Patna: When Union Minister and Rashtriya Lok Sa­mata Party (RLSP) chief Upen­dra Kush­waha cited Ramd­hari Singh Dinkar’s poem, threat­en­ing to launch a mega-bat­tle against his own al­lies, it was ex­pected that an an­nounce­ment about his “exit” from the Na­tional Demo­cratic Al­liance (NDA) will fol­low. How­ever, sus­pense con­tin­ues over Kush­waha’s al­le­giance, and is be­ing at­trib­uted to the fact that he is yet to crack a deal with the Ma­ha­gath­band­han.

Kush­waha had set Novem­ber 30 dead­line for the BJP to re­vise seat shar­ing for­mula within the NDA for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, but it did not elicit any re­sponse from the saf­fron party. It was ex­pected that he would make the “big an­nounce­ment” about his al­le­giance af­ter talk­ing to his par­ty­men in Cham­paran dur­ing De­cem­ber 4 -6 meet. But he has not made any com­ment about leav­ing the NDA so far.

“The rea­son no an­nounce­ment has been made so far is that Kush­waha has not been able to crack a deal with the Ma­ha­gath­band­han yet. He was in talks with the RJD, but noth­ing con­crete could ma­te­ri­alise from his meetings with Te­jashwi Prasad Ya­dav. He then con­tacted some Congress lead­ers and the dis­cus­sions

are un­der­way,” said a source in the RLSP, Bi­har unit.

“Kush­waha’s com­ments also hope to in­cite the BJP, for he may play the vic­tim card, if they re­move him from the Cabi­net and NDA,” he added.

Both Kush­waha and Congress are said to be wait­ing for the re­sults of the as­sem­bly polls in five states be­fore fi­nal­is­ing seat share. “How both par­ties fare in the polls may add to their bar­gain­ing power though it is given that Kush­waha’s sup­port base of around 5% Ko­eri vot­ers will ben­e­fit the Grand Al­liance,” said a Congress leader.

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