The BJP-led National Democratic Alliance or NDA faced a jolt on Monday after one of its cabinet ministers, Upendra Kushwaha, quit the coalition. Kushwaha, the leader of Rashtriya Lok Samta Party, has reportedly sent his resignation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
According to reports, he decided to resign after meeting Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday morning.
His resignation letter read, “Nearly five years ago I joined the National Democratic Alliance, under your leadership, with tremendous hope and expectations. During the Lok Sabha elections of 2014 you made several commitments to the people of Bihar and to the nation at large. It was in this context that I had extended my unconditional support to the BJP.”
Later, speaking to reporters, Kushwaha said, “Narendra Modi ji couldn’t meet expectations of the people of Bihar. Nothing was done for special status. Bihar is still where it was earlier. Education & health system is non-existent.Nothing was done for Bihar.”
Kushwaha is expected to join the the meeting of non-BJP parties, scheduled for today in Delhi. His resignation is being deemed as a huge boost for the grand alliance against the BJP ahead of the next year’s Lok Sabha polls.
Kushwaha had indicated in August his intention to quit the NDA after he famously used kheer analogy for the future direction of Bihar politics. Kushwaha had said that kheer could be prepared with milk from the Yadavs (RJD) and rice from the Kushwahas. Yadavs have traditionally been known for their dairy business in Bihar, Kushwahas have been agriculturist. Kushwaha’s party, the Rashtriya Lok Samata Party is currently an ally of the ruling NDA government in Bihar.
Bihar has 40 Lok Sabha seats and Kushwaha was reportedly unhappy with the BJP’s unclear stand on how it intended to distribute tickets for 2019 polls. He had given a deadline of 30 November to BJP to make its stand clear.