Upendra Kushwaha downplays skipping NDA meeting

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first_img“Amit Shah [BJP president] also did not attend the NDA’s dinner meeting in Patna…why is nobody asking about his absence there?”, asked Rashtriya Lok Samata Party chief and Union Minister of State Upendra Kushwaha on Friday after reaching Patna. On Thursday Mr. Kushwaha skipped the crucial NDA meet meant to put up a “united front” amid discordant voices from alliance partners.Speaking to the media at the airport, Mr. Kushwaha expressed surprise over why so much importance was given to his absence at the event, when it was for the party leaders and workers.“It was due to some personal reasons I could not attend the event but my party leaders did,” said Mr. Kushwaha. Before leaving for his Parliamentary constituency Karakat in Rohtas district, he also asserted that there was no discontent in the NDA in Bihar.Also read: BJP’s ally troubles — Upendra Kushwaha skips NDA dinner meeting“I’m not unhappy or displeased with the NDA as is being speculated…NDA is united and intact,” he said. Though, he also confirmed that he would not be attending the iftar party hosted by senior Bihar BJP leader and Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi.Mr. Kushwaha evaded a question on his party’s senior leader Nagamani’s statement ahead of the NDA meeting that the alliance should declare him (Kushwaha) as its leader in the Assembly poll in 2020. “You should pose this question to Mr. Nagamani,” Mr. Kushwaha said.Mr. Nagamani, who is national working president of the RLSP, had said that his party chief “represents a caste group which comprised 10% of Bihar’s total population which is next only to the Yadavs and hence his projection as the NDA’s leader would benefit the coalition.”Meanwhile, taking a dig at Mr. Kushwaha’s absence, RJD Rajya Sabha MP and national spokesperson Manoj Jha said, “What is happening in the NDA shows there is a tectonic shift in Indian politics as the common man sees himself pitted against the arrogant BJP… leaders like Mr. Kushwaha have begun to do a rethink over their alliance with the BJP and many more would follow suit in the near future.”RJD alliance partner and leader of the Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) Jitan Ram Manjhi invited Mr. Kushwaha to join the RJD-led Grand Alliance but not with his demand “to be the CM candidate as this position is already reserved for Tejashwi Yadav.”Mr. Kushwaha had met RJD chief Lalu Prasad when he was admitted in the AIIMS in Delhi and the meeting had triggered speculation about Mr. Kushwaha’s future moves.last_img read more


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first_imgBJP Rajasthan unit president Madan Lal Saini died at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi on Monday after a brief illness. He was shifted from Jaipur to Delhi on Saturday for treatment of blood-related ailment in Haematology Department after being diagnosed with infection in lungs.Mr. Saini, also a Rajya Sabha MP, was 75. He was appointed the BJP State chief in June last year, after the party remained headless for about three months following the resignation of Ashok Parnami. Mr. Saini had emerged as a “consensus candidate” after differences emerged over the selection of certain other leaders.He was shifted to the intensive care unit in AIIMS when his condition deteriorated. He breathed his last on Monday evening, the party sources said here.A large number of BJP workers, led by former BJP State president Arun Chaturvedi, gathered at the party’s State headquarters here and paid tributes to the departed leader. Mr. Saini was active in politics for several decades after joining the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh in 1952.He was elected an MLA from Gudha in Jhunjhunu district in 1990 and had later unsuccessfully fought the Lok Sabha election twice from Jhunjhunu in 1991 and 1998. He was elected a Rajya Sabha member from the State in March 2018.According to the party sources, Mr. Saini’s body will be brought here on Tuesday morning and taken for cremation in his native village, Patan, in Sikar district in the afternoon.Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot expressed grief over Mr. Saini’s death and said he was “shocked and saddened” to hear about his passing away. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Mr. Saini’s death was a “major loss for the BJP family.”last_img read more