Ex-NDA minister and RLSP chief Upendra Kushwaha joins mahagathbandhan; BJP losing its allies, says Tejashwi Yadav

Former Union minister and Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) chief Upendra Kushwaha on Thursday joined the mahagathbandhan, the grand alliance of parties against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Kushwaha earlier left the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA), complaining of  its"arrogance". "We had said that we have many options and UPA was one of them. The wholeheartedness shown by Rahul Gandhi and Lalu Yadav is one of the reasons I joined but the biggest reason I'm here is the people of Bihar," ANI quoted Kushwaha as saying at a press conference in New Delhi after joining the mahagathbandhan.

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"We welcome Upendra Kushwaha and his party in our family. This is an alliance on the basis of ideologies. We have not united for power," Gohil further said. "I thank Upendra Kushwaha for joining the mahagathbandhan. This is an alliance of the hearts of the people. This is a fight to save the Constitution and constitutional institutions," Tejashwi Yadav said.

"This is a fight against those who betrayed the people. This is the result of the unofficial emergency declared in the country...'chacha' Nitish has done nothing for Bihar," Tejashwi also said. "Whether in Kashmir, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh or Bihar, BJP is losing its allies or making them angry. The people have decided to give a befitting reply to those who betrayed them," he added.

Manjhi also thanked Kushwaha for "joining the mahagathbandhan when this alliance needed such a leader." Ahmed Patel met Kushwaha after the latter quit the NDA. The UPA believes that Kushwaha's decision to join it will help it build a momentum against the NDA in Bihar.

With inputs from PTI

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Updated Date: Jan 03, 2019 15:00:28 IST

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