Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) chief Upendra Kushwaha on Sunday (March 14) announced his party merger with the Janata Dal-United JD(U). Kushwaha said that the like-minded people in Bihar need to come together for the interest of the nation and the state of Bihar as it is the demand of the current political situation. He also added that he would unite his party under Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s leadership.
Rumours were circulating regarding the move following which 35 leaders from his party had switched their allegiance to Tejashwi Yadav’s Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD). Chief among the new joiners are RLSP state president Virendra Kushwaha, principal general secretary Nirmal Kushwaha, state president of Women’s Cell Madhu Manjari Mehta, and former state president Vijay Mahato who were inducted into the RJD by Tejashwi Yadav and the state party chief Jagdanand Singh.
रालोसपा के संस्थापकों, प्रमुख नेताओं व पदाधिकारियों ने रालोसपा के राष्ट्रीय अध्यक्ष उपेंद्र कुशवाहा जी को निष्कासित कर पार्टी का आज राजद में विलय कर दिया। प्रदेश की राजनीति में यह एक बड़ा बदलाव है। उपेंद्र कुशवाहा जी अब अकेले रह गये है। उनकी पार्टी अब राजद का हिस्सा बन चुकी है। pic.twitter.com/L4HVatzmym
— Tejashwi Yadav (@yadavtejashwi) March 12, 2021
Kushwaha had formed the party in 2013 and had won two seats under the NDA alliance in the 2015 Assembly elections. The exodus in RLSP started in early March when 41 leaders from the party joined JDU.
Kushwaha ventured into politics in 1985 when he was appointed as state general secretary of Yuva Lok Dal. He was elected to the Bihar Legislative Assembly after winning from the Jandaha constituency, Vaishali district. He would then resign from his Rajya Sabha membership in 2013 and would form the RLSP which would fight in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections and the 2015 Bihar elections as a BJP ally.
Furthermore, he would also serve as the Minister of State for Human Resources Development in the Union government from 2014-18. He would form a third front for the 2020 Bihar Assembly elections called the Grand Democratic Secular Front along with Bahujan Samaj Party, Samajwadi Janata Dal Democratic, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party, and Janvadi Party (Socialist) but could only manage to win 6 seats out of which 5 seats were won by AIMIM in the Muslim dominated Seemanchal region.