Patna (Bihar): Rashtriya Lok Samta Party chief Upendra Kushwaha on Monday challenged Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi to contest the upcoming Lok Sabha poll adding that even an ordinary worker of his party was capable of defeating him in an electoral contest.
The former union minister made this remark in a retort to a recent comment by state BJP president Nityanand Rai who had said that he would seek re-election from Ujiyarpur Lok Sabha seat and challenged Kushwaha, besides RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav, to engage with him in an electoral fight.
“What to say on his comments. The senior most leader of his party Sushil Kumar Modi has been shy of contesting elections and choosing the legislative council route. I challenge Modi to contest the polls. Even a humble activist of the RLSP is capable of defeating him. Let the Deputy CM and his party accept this challenge,” NDTV quoted Kushwaha as saying who quit the NDA and joined the Grand Alliance last month.
Recently, Kushwaha had also accused Modi of helping Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in poaching his legislators while his party was still in the NDA. During the winter session of the state legislature, both MLAs of the RLSP had raised many eyebrows when they attended a BJP meeting held at the Deputy CM’s residence.
The two RLSP MLAs Lalan Paswan and Sudhanshu Shekhar have distanced themselves from Kushwahas decision to switch sides and declared that they would seek recognition from the Election Commission as a separate group.
Replying to a query about a number of Muslim organizations urging both the NDA and the Grand Alliance to field at least 10 candidates from the minority community in the state which has 40 Lok Sabha seats, Kushwaha said even if the BJP-led coalition agrees to the proposal, the minorities would not vote for a party or even its alliance partners which makes issues like Ram temple a poll plank.
Observing that the route to New Delhi would pass through Bihar, the RLSP chief asserted the Mahagathbandhan will come to power in the Centre with a two-third majority.