Valmiki Nagar: Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) led by Union Minister Upendra Kushwaha is likely to break ties with the NDA government, the formal announcement of which is likely to be made on Thursday, a senior party leader said.
The leader, on condition of anonymity, told PTI that Kushwaha is also likely to put in his papers as Union minister. Kushwaha is the Minister of State for Human Resource Development in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) at the Centre.
“That (Kushwaha’s resignation) is just a formality which would be completed once he visits Delhi and meets PM Modi,” the leader said.
On Wednesday, the RLSP made a scathing attack on the Narendra Modi government and the Nitish Kumar government in Bihar. Kushwaha, who is authorised to take necessary political decisions at a two-day Chintan Shivir (brainstorming session) of the RLSP being held in Valmiki Nagar in Bihar and attended by members of national and state executives, is scheduled to address a rally at Motihari today.
The party leader said the RLSP’s tough stance made it clear that “our association with the NDA, which means the BJP and Ram Vilas Paswan’s Lok Janshakti Party, is over for all practical purposes. We had no alliance with Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United) in any case. He returned to the coalition only last year, while we had been a part of the NDA since 2014”.
In a strongly-worded, four-page resolution, the RLSP expressed concern over many alleged objectionable and unnecessary decisions taken by the BJP and the central government in the recent past.
It said, “we are not opposed to construction of mosques and temples. But this is not the function of political parties and their meddling in such matters causes tensions in the society and diverts the attention of the public from real issues”.