Congress leader Ahmed Patel with RLSP chief Upendra Kushwaha at the latter’s residence.
Congress leader Ahmed Patel with RLSP chief Upendra Kushwaha at the latter’s residence.

Congress leader Ahmed Patel meets RLSP chief Upendra Kushwaha, sets off speculations

Congress leader Ahmed Patel on Saturday met RLSP chief Upendra Kushwaha, who severed ties with the BJP recently, at the former Union minister’s residence, fuelling speculation that the Bihar leader may join the opposition grand alliance in the state to take on the ruling combine.
New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON DEC 15, 2018 09:48 PM IST

Congress leader Ahmed Patel on Saturday met RLSP chief Upendra Kushwaha, who severed ties with the BJP recently, at the former Union minister’s residence, fuelling speculation that the Bihar leader may join the opposition grand alliance in the state to take on the ruling combine.

Rashtriya Lok Samata Party spokesperson Fazal Imam Mallick said it was the first round of talks between Kushwaha and the Congress and his party is hopeful of a “positive” outcome.

The RLSP had fought the 2014 Lok Sabha polls in alliance with the BJP and won three seats.

However, the ties between the two parties strained after the BJP joined hands with Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and offered Kushwaha only two seats to contest in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

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