BJP ally wants Upendra Kushwaha as Bihar CM nominee
June 15, 2015 01:46 PM
BJP ally Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) on Monday said that its party chief and union Minister Upendra Kushwaha should be declared the alliance's chief ministerial candidate for the upcoming Bihar polls. Arun Kumar, the state president of the RLSP, said in Patna that Kushwaha is the most capable and deserving candidate for the post. "The people of Bihar want to see Kushwaha as the next chief minister. Taking this view, the BJP-led NDA should project Kushwaha as the chief minister candidate," he said. Kumar is the MP from the Jehanabad constituency and is considered close to Kushwaha. Source: IANS
Upendra Kushwaha has been shifted as Minister of State in the Ministry of Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Drinking Water and Sanitation to Human Resource Development during the recent reshuffle of the Narendra Modi cabinet. Upendra Kushwaha was one of the closest associates of former Bihar Chief Minister and senior Janata Dal (United) leader Nitish Kumar. In fact, it is believed that Nitish Kumar himself elevated Kushwaha to Bihar Assembly’s Leader of Opposition position in the year 2004. This raised eyebrows of many as it was his first stint in the Legislative Assembly as MLA.