In an explosive revelation, Union Minister Upendra Kushwaha on Friday revealed that some people in the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance did not want to see Narendra Modi as prime minister after 2019 elections.
“Some people in NDA do not want to see Narendra Modi as the prime minister, and I am speaking this with full responsibility,” News18 quoted Kushwaha as saying. He added that that he would not disclose anything further.
Kushwaha rubbished media reports claiming that a seat sharing arrangement had been struck among the NDA partners in Bihar with the BJP contesting on 20 out of 40 Lok Sabha seats.
PTI quoted him as saying, “No talks of seat sharing have taken place in Bihar. In the news reports that I have come across, senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi and Ram Vilas Paswan’s party (LJP) have also made it clear that the talks are still pending.”
Earlier this week, Kushwaha had dropped a bombshell by hinting at his exit from the NDA when he used the recipe for kheer to explain what could happen ahead of the next year’s Lok Sabha polls.
Kushwaha 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.
Addressing a function organised by his party to mark the 100th birth anniversary of late B P Mandal, a former chief minister of Bihar, Kushwaha had said, “kheer can be prepared with the milk from the Yadavs and rice from the Kushwahas… We will get the sugar from Brahmins, Tulsi from Choudharyji (RLSP Bihar chief Bhudev Choudhary), and can make delicious kheerwith the dry-fruits from the backward classes and Dalits. Then we can relish the delicious kheer together.”
Mandal was the architect of the famous Mandal Commission that secured 27% reservations for the OBCs. His recommendations were implemented by the then prime minister, VP Singh in 1990.