Suspended Janata Dal (United) member of Rajya Sabha, Upendra Prasad Singh aka Upendra Kushwaha, has announced his decision to resign from the party and the upper house.
"I'll put in my papers as a member of Rajya Sabha within two or three days", Kushwaha told HT from New Delhi on Monday. The thought to quit the JD (U) and the upper house had been on his mind since he was suspended for 'anti-party statements' just after the 2010 Bihar assembly poll, he added.
Ealier, addressing a meeting of his supporters here on Sunday, Kushwaha said the Nitish Kumar government had failed on all fronts and people were feeling cheated under the present regime.
The JD (U) MP announced he would launch a new party at the historic Gandhi Maidan in Patna on March 3 next year. He said he expected “more than five lakh people” to attend the public meeting.
“The name of the party will be announced at this rally", said Kushwaha, who has been at loggerheads with Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar for quite sometime.
Kushwaha said he had undertaken a massive public contact programme under the banner of the Bihar navnirman manch, an organisation he had floated along with his political friends.
“The feedback I have received during this programme is that people are fed up with the present regime and feeling desperate to throw out the Nitish Kumar government in next assembly election," he declared.
Kushwaha said at the present rate of development, it would take at least 25 years for Bihar to come at a par with the national average of development indicators.
“The people of Bihar are not ready to wait for 25 years and they want results from the present regime. Unfortunately, the Nitish Kumar government had failed to meet the aspirations of the masses”, he asserted.