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Open to grand alliance, says Upendra Kushwaha after ditching BJP

Prime News, National (Patna), December 19:- A week after quitting the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance, Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) chief Upendra Kushwaha today said he was more than willing to join a “grand alliance” of opposition parties. He also praised Congress president Rahul Gandhi, saying that he has evolved into a mature leader and a likely option for replacing Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister next year.

“People of the NDA have become arrogant, particularly Nitish Kumar in the context of Bihar. It was this conceit that made us split from them,” Mr Kushwaha said.

The RLSP, a Bihar-based party with three members in the Lok Sabha, pulled out of the NDA on December 10. Mr Kushwaha has been hobnobbing with opposition leaders — including Congress parliamentarian Ahmed Patel — ever since.

The RLSP chief said that the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), another regional party headed by Ram Vilas Paswan, should also quit the alliance. “Others will not be safe from this arrogance either. The LJP must also come out of the alliance as soon as possible. These people have decided to destroy small parties, and if the LJP also gets the same feeling, they must exit the alliance at the earliest too,” he added.

Incidentally, the LJP is pressing for finalisation of the ruling coalition’s seat-sharing arrangement in Bihar, making it clear that it will not settle for anything less than six seats in the Lok Sabha and one in the Rajya Sabha. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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