Nag­mani re­signs from RLSP, ac­cuses Kush­waha of ‘sell­ing’ party tick­ets

Millennium Post - - Mp Nation -

PATNA: RLSP leader Nag­mani, who was sacked from the post of na­tional ex­ec­u­tive pres­i­dent two days back, re­signed on Sun­day from the pri­mary mem­ber­ship ac­cus­ing party chief Upen­dra Kush­waha of "sell­ing" Lok Sabha tick­ets.

"I am an­nounc­ing my res­ig­na­tion in front of jour­nal­ists since the RLSP did not ob­serve the cour­tesy of pro­vid­ing me with a copy of the let­ter re­mov­ing me from the top post, the con­tents of which I came to learn only through the me­dia," Nag­mani told re­porters here.

Nag­mani was sacked from the post of na­tional ex­ec­u­tive pres­i­dent for in­dulging in anti-party ac­tiv­i­ties.

"The party had held that my pres­ence at func­tions at­tended by Chief Min­is­ter Ni­tish Ku­mar was tan­ta­mount to indiscipline. Both such func­tions were held in the mem­ory of my father Jagdeo Prasad, who is ex­tolled by our Kush­waha com­mu­nity as an icon. Can I be ac­cused of anti-party ac­tiv­i­ties in such a back­drop," Nag­mani asked.

The for­mer Union min­is­ter in Atal Be­hari Va­j­payee's govern­ment also al­leged that Upen­dra Kush­waha and his "cronies" were up­set with him since Fe­bru­ary 7 when he flagged the is­sue of a party ticket be­ing given from Moti­hari to Mad­haw Anand, who hails from Mad­hubani and is based in Delhi.

"I told him that there is con­sid­er­able re­sent­ment in Moti­hari over this de­ci­sion of the party," Nag­mani, who was him­self an as­pi­rant for party ticket from Cha­tra in Jhark­hand, said.

He al­leged that Kush­waha tried to si­lence him by say­ing that Anand had used his cor­po­rate con­nec­tions to get Rs 9 crore for the party.

"I re­minded Kush­waha that peo­ple like me had joined his party and of­fered him sup­port since we strongly felt that our com­mu­nity, de­spite be­ing size­able, has not got its due in Bi­hars pol­i­tics. "He was com­pro­mis­ing on our cher­ished goal by putting tick­ets on sale. He did not say any­thing then but I sensed that I had ruf­fled many feath­ers. Kush­waha bared his fangs the very next day," he added.

Asked about the Rashtriya Lok Samta Party's (RLSP) con­tention that it was un­ac­cept­able to see him be­side Ni­tish Ku­mar when the party was ac­cus­ing the chief min­is­ter of hav­ing con­spired to get Kush­waha killed in the lathi charge of Fe­bru­ary 2, Nag­mani quipped "Kush­waha is a big 'nau­tankibaaz' (One who in­dulges in drama). He stayed in hospi­tal for two days with­out hav­ing re­ceived a sin­gle blow on his body".

Re­act­ing to Nag­ma­nis al­le­ga­tions, the RLSP of­fice here shot off a re­lease dis­miss­ing his claims about the Moti­hari Lok Sabha seat.

Ir said RLSP was yet to for­mally an­nounce can­di­dates for any seat.

Nag­mani (left) with Upen­dra Kush­waha

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