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.
The Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (English: National People's Equality Party; abbreviated as RLSP) is a political partyin the Indian State Bihar, founded on 3 March 2013. It had previously existed as the Rashtriya Samta Party, established in 2009 by Upendra Kushwaha , and was relaunched as the Rashtriya Lok Samta Party by Kushwaha.
RLSP offered a delivery in terms of concrete results if voted to power and ensure economic development of Bihar and welfare of its people.
On 23 February 2014, the RLSP entered into an alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party led National Democratic Alliance. As per the alliance, the RLSP contested three seats from Bihar for 2014 General Elections namely Sitamarhi, Karakat and Jahanabad. The party won all three seats as it rode the Modi wave which swept the 2014 Lok Sabha General Elections Upendra Kushwaha Announces Formation of RLSP on 03 MARCH 2013
The announcement came at a rally by Kushwaha's former party Bihar Navnirman Manch that he formed a few years ago after parting ways from Nitish Kumar, at Gandhi Maidan in Patna.
"Our party is going to give some serious contention to the JD-U that, in alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has failed to show any result that was expected from it," Kushwaha said.
Unloading on the current government, the off again, on again supporter of Nitish Kumar, said that the law and order under the current administration had gone from bad to worse and the entire state was in the clutches of corrupt bureaucrats and the high-handedness of the police department.
This is not the first time Kushwaha has formed a new party after being marginalized by the Chief Minister. In 2009, he formed a party with the same name sans 'Lok' called Rashtriya Samata Party. However, within months, he dissolved the party only to once again join the Janata Dal – U to remain with Nitish Kumar.
The Bharatiya Janata Party on Sunday announced an alliance with prominent OBC (Other Backward Class) leader Upendra Kushwaha’s political outfit Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) in Bihar.
State BJP president Mangal Pandey said the RLSP will be a new arm of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and will contest three seats in Bihar.
Mr. Kushwaha, who belongs to the OBC Koeri caste, quit the ruling Janata Dal (United) and resigned as its Rajya Sabha MP, in December 2012, following differences with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. The OBC and EBC (Extremely Backward Class) form a key vote base of Mr. Kumar’s JD (U).
Mr. Kushwaha floated the RLSP in March 2013, before the JD (U)-BJP split. At the time of launching his party in Patna, he had said that his party would work towards ousting the NDA from Bihar.
On Sunday, however, he cited Gujarat CM and BJP’s CM candidate Narendra Modi’s vision for farmers and labourers as the reason for joining the BJP. “We stand for social justice. This is the first time an OBC person [Mr. Modi] is close to becoming the PM.”
The BJP and RLSP will together contest 40 Lok Sabha seats in Bihar, their leaders have said. Mr. Kushwaha will also support the BJP’s ‘rail roko’ campaign on the issue of special status.
The BJP said there was no decision yet on which three seats the RLSP would be contesting.
Patna: A month after quitting the Rajya Sabha seat as well as the Janata Dal (United)'s primary membership, senior leader Upendra Kushwaha on Sunday launched political party the Rashtriya Lok Samata Party with a pledge to oust the NDA government in Bihar.
Kushwaha unveiled the name and flag of his party at an impressive rally at the historic Gandhi Maidan. Apparently eyeing the support of minorities and the Most Backward Castes (MBCs) for revival of his fledgling political career, the RLSP founding leader lambasted both Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and RJD supremo Lalu Prasad for "be-fooling the people of Bihar for over two decades with one false promise or another".
"We will deliver in terms of concrete results if voted to power and ensure economic development of Bihar and welfare of its people," Kushwaha said. BJP firms up alliance with RLSP for general elections Sunday, 23 February 2014 - 5:39pm IST | Place: Ahmedabad | Agency: PTI
BJP and Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) today announced a pre-poll alliance for the general elections under the NDA's banner, with the two parties contesting 37 and three seats, respectively, in Bihar. The state unit BJP chief Mangal Pandey told this to reporters, bringing to an end speculation about the alliance. BJP and Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) today announced a pre-poll alliance for the general elections under the NDA's banner, with the two parties contesting 37 and three seats, respectively, in Bihar. The state unit BJP chief Mangal Pandey told this to reporters, bringing to an end speculation about the alliance. Flanked by BJP national general secretary Dharmendra Pradhan, former deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi, Nand Kishore Yadav, CP Thakur, RLSP national president Upendra Kushwaha and its state unit chief Arun Kumar, Pandey said the seats to be contested by the new ally in Bihar would be decided in due course of time.
The state unit BJP chief neither confirmed nor denied speculation that RLSP will contest Nawada, Ujiarpur and Karakat parliamentary seats in Bihar. In addition to the pre-poll alliance with BJP, RLSP will also be part of the NDA in Bihar, Pandey said. RLSP national president Upendra Kushwaha hailed the leadership of Gujarat Chief Minister and wished him success in his endeavour to become the next prime minister which, Kushwaha claimed, would fulfil dreams of former chief minister and the socialist icon Karpoori Thakur. The RLSP president, who had quit JD(U) and also his seat as the Rajya Sabha MP two years ago to protest against Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's alleged dictatorial attitude, said his party would also support the BJP-sponsored 'rail chakka jam' in Bihar on February 28 to protest against the Centre's discriminatory attitude towards Bihar by denying it the special category status.
BJP ally RLSP announces candidates for two Bihar seats The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s ally in Bihar, the Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP), Tuesday announced candidates for two of the 3 seats it is contesting in the Lok Sabha polls in the state. RLSP chief Upendra Kushwaha, who released the first list, said the party has decided to field him from Karakat and Arun Kumar from Jehanabad. "The party will announce the candidate for Sitamarhi seat in the next three-four days," Kushwaha said. The BJP joined hands with Kushwaha's party last month and decided to give it three out of the 40 Lok Sabha seats in the state. Kushwaha is a former Janata Dal (United) Rajya Sabhamember but parted ways with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in early 2013. The BJP is eyeing Kushwaha's castemen, Koeri, who have a presence across the state. The BJP has also joined hands with the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) of Ram Vilas Paswan, who is known to enjoy the support of his Dalit caste, Paswan, known as Dusadh. The BJP has given seven seats to the LJP and the saffron party is contesting on 30 seats.