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Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) chief Upendra Kushwaha is cosying up to the JD(U)(PTI)

Bihar political churning: RLSP to decide on merger with JD (U) on March 13

PUBLISHED ON MAR 09, 2021 07:34 AM IST
  • Kushwaha did not say anything on merger but recalled his association with JD(U) MP Bashistha Narain Singh and Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar.
Patna-June.30,2019-Rashtriya Lok Samata Party president Upendra Kushwaha is addressing a press conference at party office in Patna. Bihar India on Sunday June 30,2019.(Photo santosh kumar/Hindustan Times)
Patna-June.30,2019-Rashtriya Lok Samata Party president Upendra Kushwaha is addressing a press conference at party office in Patna. Bihar India on Sunday June 30,2019.(Photo santosh kumar/Hindustan Times)

Case against Kangana Ranaut for ‘showing RLSP leader Kushwaha in bad light’ through re-tweet

Hindustan Times, Patna | By Vijay Swaroop
UPDATED ON DEC 18, 2020 12:03 PM IST
The cases have been lodged at Patna and Gaya civil court under different sections of IPC and IT Act
Election officers check Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) and Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPATs) ahead of the second phase of Bihar Assembly election at Bankipur Girl’s High School, in Patna (Photo by Santosh Kumar/ Hindustan Times)
Election officers check Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) and Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPATs) ahead of the second phase of Bihar Assembly election at Bankipur Girl’s High School, in Patna (Photo by Santosh Kumar/ Hindustan Times)

Over 15% candidates did not file I-T returns

Hindustan Times, Patna | By Ajay Kumar Pandey
UPDATED ON NOV 02, 2020 09:03 AM IST
A total of 1.463 candidates have filed their papers for contesting the elections for the 94 seats that will go to polls in the second phase of the Bihar assembly elections, on Tuesday. However, of these, more than 200 contestants have not filed their income tax return before filing the papers for the election.
Lalan Paswan who won the Chenari assembly seat on a RLSP ticket in 2015 is contesting on a JD(U) ticket this time.(ANI FILLE PHOTO)
Lalan Paswan who won the Chenari assembly seat on a RLSP ticket in 2015 is contesting on a JD(U) ticket this time.(ANI FILLE PHOTO)

Congress hopes to stop Chenari’s sitting MLA and party hopper in Bihar Assembly Election

Hindustan Times, Patna | By HRT correspondent
PUBLISHED ON OCT 26, 2020 05:40 PM IST
Other than the Congress, Chirag Paswan’s LJP is also trying to stop Lalan Paswan from retaining the Chenari seat.
All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen president Asaduddin Owaisi during a joint election campaign with the RLSP, ahead of the Bihar assembly polls in Bhabua on Saturday.
All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen president Asaduddin Owaisi during a joint election campaign with the RLSP, ahead of the Bihar assembly polls in Bhabua on Saturday.

Bihar’s 3rd front may dent RJD alliance’s base

Hindustan Times, Patna | By Anirban Guha Roy
UPDATED ON OCT 26, 2020 03:57 AM IST
The Grand Secular Democratic Front, as it calls itself, has pockets of support among the Other Backward Classes (OBCs), especially Kushwahas, Muslim minorities and scheduled castes – the vote base votes of RLSP chief Upendra Kushwaha, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi and BSP chief Mayawati.
Mayawati said that Nitish Kumar failed miserably in helping the migrants come home and also failed in providing them livelihood after return.(PTI)
Mayawati said that Nitish Kumar failed miserably in helping the migrants come home and also failed in providing them livelihood after return.(PTI)

Gave 15 years each to Lalu Prasad, Nitish Kumar, time for change: Mayawati

Hindustan Times, Bhabua | By Prasun K Mishra
UPDATED ON OCT 23, 2020 04:51 PM IST
Mayawati alleged that the Dalits, mahadalits, tribals and weaker sections in Bihar had also not got the proper benefit of reservation. The seats of their quota were still vacant in the state, she added.
Vikassheel Insan Party (VIP) leader Santosh Kushwaha with Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RSLP) chief Upendra Kushwaha after joining RLSP during a press conference in Patna on Monday.(PTI PHOTO.)
Vikassheel Insan Party (VIP) leader Santosh Kushwaha with Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RSLP) chief Upendra Kushwaha after joining RLSP during a press conference in Patna on Monday.(PTI PHOTO.)

‘Quit NDA’: RLSP leader Upendra Kushwaha tells Chirag Paswan

Hindustan Times, Patna | By Subhash Pathak
UPDATED ON OCT 20, 2020 12:04 AM IST
Kushwaha, who opted out of the RJD-led Grand Alliance (GA) for various reasons like ‘adequate’ number of seats and inordinate delay in formulation of the common minimum programme, has formed the Grand Democratic Secular Front, which also comprises smaller parties like Samajwadi Janata Dal.
RLSP’s Upendra Kushwaha had quit as Union minister in 2018, accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of betraying Bihar.(HT file)
RLSP’s Upendra Kushwaha had quit as Union minister in 2018, accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of betraying Bihar.(HT file)

Bihar assembly election 2020: BJP does not warm up to RLSP’s Upendra Kushwaha

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Smriti Kak Ramachandran
PUBLISHED ON SEP 28, 2020 02:32 PM IST
BJP leaders dismissed the speculation that in the event the LJP quits the NDA, the RLSP could replace it
The RLSP said it will decide its future course at the party’s key meet tomorrow. (Photo @UpendraRLSP)
The RLSP said it will decide its future course at the party’s key meet tomorrow. (Photo @UpendraRLSP)

‘Time running out’: Upendra Kushwaha’s party messages alliance partners

Hindustan Times, Patna | By Arun Kumar
UPDATED ON SEP 23, 2020 05:36 PM IST
Anand Madhav, general secretary of the RLSP, Tuesday said that “politics is an art of possibilities” and the party was free to decide its future course for the sake of Bihar’s development.
RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav addresses a rally during a Bihar bandh in Patna.(S Kumar/HT File)
RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav addresses a rally during a Bihar bandh in Patna.(S Kumar/HT File)

40 held for clashes during Bihar CAA stir; SIT set up

Hindustan Times, Patna | By HT Correspondents
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2019 12:24 AM IST
On Saturday, clashes broke out in Patna’s Phulwari Sharif, where over 25 people were injured in stone-pelting and firing. Markets and business establishments in the area remained closed a day later.
On many seats, votes polled in NOTA were quite high, but so was the difference between the top two, with NDA candidates romping home with consummate ease at most places(HTPhoto)
On many seats, votes polled in NOTA were quite high, but so was the difference between the top two, with NDA candidates romping home with consummate ease at most places(HTPhoto)

Amid huge NDA win, NOTA makes its presence felt

Hindustan Times, Patna | By Arun Kumar
PUBLISHED ON MAY 25, 2019 10:14 AM IST
NOTA was placed third in 13 constituencies, leaving many candidates high and dry.
Bihar mostly witnessed direct contests between the NDA and the Grand Alliance (GA) in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections in Bihar, but there were 626 candidates in fray for the 40 Lok Sabha seats, mostly as Independents or from regional parties and over 120 unrecognised parties registered in Bihar.(Arijit Sen/HT Photo)
Bihar mostly witnessed direct contests between the NDA and the Grand Alliance (GA) in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections in Bihar, but there were 626 candidates in fray for the 40 Lok Sabha seats, mostly as Independents or from regional parties and over 120 unrecognised parties registered in Bihar.(Arijit Sen/HT Photo)

Amid huge NDA win, NOTA makes its presence felt in Bihar

Patna | By Arun Kumar
UPDATED ON MAY 25, 2019 09:17 AM IST
But very few of them could make an impact, as NOTA was placed third in 13 constituencies, leaving many candidates high and dry.
BJP candidate Giriraj Singh is among the NDA leaders whose fate will be decided in the fourth phase of voting in Lok Sabha Elections 2019.(ANI / Twitter)
BJP candidate Giriraj Singh is among the NDA leaders whose fate will be decided in the fourth phase of voting in Lok Sabha Elections 2019.(ANI / Twitter)

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: In Bihar, fourth phase voting crucial for BJP

Hindustan Times, Patna | By Vijay Swaroop
UPDATED ON MAY 07, 2020 08:31 PM IST
Lok Sabha Elections 2019: In Bihar, the fourth phase of polling is of high electoral importance to the BJP, which is contesting the three seats of Darbhanga, Ujiyarpur and Begusarai. BJP allies JD(U) and LJP are contesting from the seats of Munger and Samastipur respectively.
Student leader Kanhaiya Kumar, the former president of the students’ union of the Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi, is making his electoral debut as the CPI candidate for Begusarai.
Student leader Kanhaiya Kumar, the former president of the students’ union of the Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi, is making his electoral debut as the CPI candidate for Begusarai.

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Heavyweights fight it out in prestige battle; spotlight on Ujiarpur, Begusarai

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 29, 2019 07:46 AM IST
A prestige battle is being fought in Ujiarpur between the BJP’s Nityanand Rai and RLSP chief Kushwaha, whose party was a member of the NDA till late last year.
Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) is a part of Grand Alliance in Bihar and is contesting on five seats.(HT Photo)
Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) is a part of Grand Alliance in Bihar and is contesting on five seats.(HT Photo)

Kushwaha announces list of candidates, will himself contest from two seats in LS polls

Hindustan Times, Patna | By Rakesh Singh
UPDATED ON APR 04, 2019 12:27 AM IST
“A deadly attack was made on me in the state capital when I took out a march after quitting the NDA. I want to teach a lesson to those people. My mission is to defeat the NDA,” Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) chief Upendra Kushwaha said.
With the Election Commission announcing the dates of the Lok Sabha polls, the political battle in the Karakat parliamentary constituency is sure to become a central attraction in the state. (Photo by Amal KS / Hindustan Times)(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
With the Election Commission announcing the dates of the Lok Sabha polls, the political battle in the Karakat parliamentary constituency is sure to become a central attraction in the state. (Photo by Amal KS / Hindustan Times)(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Caste, Kushwaha’s switch deciding factors in Karakat

Sasaram | By Prasun K Mishra
PUBLISHED ON MAR 18, 2019 01:39 AM IST
Represented by Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) chief Upendra Kushwaha, the Karakat LS seat is heading towards witnessing a tightly fought electoral battle.
Nagmani was also stripped of his post of national working president on charges of anti-party activities after he shared dais with the CM on February 8 and praised his governance model.(HT)
Nagmani was also stripped of his post of national working president on charges of anti-party activities after he shared dais with the CM on February 8 and praised his governance model.(HT)

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Ex-RLSP men accuse Kushwaha of selling party tickets, claim money trail

Hindustan Times, Patna | By Anil Kumar
PUBLISHED ON MAR 13, 2019 11:37 AM IST
Incidentally, Anand and Mishra held the post of national general secretary in the RLSP and the latter was expelled from the party on Sunday, following his meeting with chief minister Nitish Kumar.
Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) chief Upendra Kushwaha(PTI)
Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) chief Upendra Kushwaha(PTI)

Amid flux in RLSP, Nagmani challenges Kushwaha for a poll battleallenger in Nagmani

Hindustan Times, Patna | By Anil Kumar (HT Editorial- Patna)
PUBLISHED ON MAR 12, 2019 04:20 PM IST
In a tweet, Nagmani said that the RLSP was headed for a large-scale exodus and also set the tone for engaging his former party chief on his political turf, saying “if you (Kushwaha) have the courage, stick to your Lok Sabha seat (Karakat). I will inflict a crushing defeat on you.”
Union minister and Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) chief Upendra Kushwaha meets with expelled JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav(File)
Union minister and Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) chief Upendra Kushwaha meets with expelled JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav(File)

Sharad Yadav nixes merger rumours with RLSP

Hindustan Times, Patna | By Anil Kumar
UPDATED ON JAN 23, 2019 07:38 AM IST
For 2 months, speculation was rife he would merge his outfit with RLSP. Sources close to the development privately concede that the sudden U-turn has been prompted by RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s apparent “discomfort” with the idea of having a parallel power centre in the Grand Alliance.
Bihar Janta Dal United president Vashishtha Narayan Singh presents the membership slip to former Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) vice-president Bhagvan Singh Kushwaha as he joins JDU, in Patna on Friday.(PTI)
Bihar Janta Dal United president Vashishtha Narayan Singh presents the membership slip to former Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) vice-president Bhagvan Singh Kushwaha as he joins JDU, in Patna on Friday.(PTI)

Ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha polls, senior RLSP leader Bhagwan Singh Kushwaha, supporters join JD(U)

Patna | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2018 03:12 PM IST
RLSP national vice president Bhagwan Singh Kushwaha said that he has supported Nitish government’s social programmes like prohibition, campaign against dowry and child marriage apart from its development saga especially the improvement in primary and middle schools and power availability across the state.
Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) leader Upendra Kushwaha speaks after joining the grand alliance during a press conference at AICC in New Delhi, Thursday(File)
Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) leader Upendra Kushwaha speaks after joining the grand alliance during a press conference at AICC in New Delhi, Thursday(File)

RLSP in hand, eyes on LJP, Grand Alliance waits for 2019

Hindustan Times, Patna | By Anil Kumar
UPDATED ON DEC 21, 2018 09:01 AM IST
The Grand Alliance is of the view that RLSP chief’s entry would help them challenge chief minister Nitish Kumar’s sway over Kushwahas and mobilise a major chunk of these votes (estimated at 8%).
Chirag Paswan’s nudge references Kushwaha’s RLSP as well as the Telugu Desam Party, another ally that walked out of the NDA earlier this year.(File Photo)
Chirag Paswan’s nudge references Kushwaha’s RLSP as well as the Telugu Desam Party, another ally that walked out of the NDA earlier this year.(File Photo)

‘TDP, Kushwaha left’: Ram Vilas Paswan’s son delivers warning to ally BJP

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 18, 2018 11:24 PM IST
Bihar politician Upendra Kushwaha’s exit from the NDA has emboldened another ally in the state to nudge the senior partner in a tweet. Chirag Paswan suggested a “timely and respectful” resolution by the BJP of outstanding issues with its remaining allies in Bihar.
File photo of BJP president Amit Shah with HAM(S) chief Jitan Ram Manjhi, LJP president Ram Vilas Paswan and other leaders during a press conference in New Delhi.(HT File)
File photo of BJP president Amit Shah with HAM(S) chief Jitan Ram Manjhi, LJP president Ram Vilas Paswan and other leaders during a press conference in New Delhi.(HT File)

LJP’s clout set to rise in Bihar NDA after Upendra Kushwaha’s RLSP exits

Hindustan Times, Patna | By B Vijay Murty
PUBLISHED ON DEC 18, 2018 11:46 AM IST
Ram Vilas Paswan’s Lok Janashakti Party (LJP) currently has six MPs in the Lok Sabha, four more than the JD(U), which is the lead partner in the NDA in Bihar.
Upendra Kushwaha was replying to reporters’ queries on his Saturday meeting with senior Congress leaders Ahmed Patel and Akhilesh Prasad Singh in New Delhi.(PTI)
Upendra Kushwaha was replying to reporters’ queries on his Saturday meeting with senior Congress leaders Ahmed Patel and Akhilesh Prasad Singh in New Delhi.(PTI)

Joining the Congress-led grand alliance one of the many options before us: RLSP chief Upendra Kushwaha

Patna | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2018 09:00 PM IST
RLSP chief Upendra Kushwaha, who last week snapped his ties with the BJP-led NDA and resigned from the Union council of ministers said joining the Congress-led mahagathbandhan is “one of the many options” before him and a final decision is yet to be taken.
A coup has been a possibility in the RLSP ever since Upendra Kushwaha (pictured) rejected BJP’s seat offer for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls as “less than respectable”.(PTI/File Photo)
A coup has been a possibility in the RLSP ever since Upendra Kushwaha (pictured) rejected BJP’s seat offer for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls as “less than respectable”.(PTI/File Photo)

Upendra Kushwaha faces coup: Two RLSP MLAs, MLC to stay in NDA, claim party symbol

Hindustan Times, Patna | By Anil Kumar
UPDATED ON DEC 28, 2018 07:52 PM IST
In less than a week of RLSP chief Upendra Kushwaha’s decision to quit the union ministry, both the party MLAs and the lone MLC in the Bihar legislature raised a banner of revolt against the decision to part ways with the NDA and staked claim on the party and its election symbol.
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

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.
RLSP chief Upendra Kushwaha recently split from the NDA.(HT File Photo)
RLSP chief Upendra Kushwaha recently split from the NDA.(HT File Photo)

‘Upendra Kushwaha more interested in personal gains’: RLSP legislators revolt, declare support for NDA

Patna | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2018 05:00 PM IST
The RLSP on Saturday received a major setback with all its members in the bicameral legislature of Bihar declaring that they were still with the NDA as they accused party president Upendra Kushwaha of pursuing personal interests in announcing a break-up with the coalition.
Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) chief and Union minister of state for human resource development, Upendra Kushwaha addresses a press conference to announce his resignation from the Union Council of Ministers, at his residence in New Delhi, Monday(PTI)
Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) chief and Union minister of state for human resource development, Upendra Kushwaha addresses a press conference to announce his resignation from the Union Council of Ministers, at his residence in New Delhi, Monday(PTI)

Kushwaha camp elated with BJP’s defeat in state assembly polls

Hindustan Times, Patna | By Vijay Swaroop
UPDATED ON DEC 12, 2018 09:10 AM IST
Though the party president Upendra Kushwaha, along with his party office-bearers will decide on the future course of action--whether to move to UPA-- party workers are happy that the decision to pull out came before the results were announced.
Kushwaha had been targeting the BJP and Kumar, a key ally of the ruling party, for weeks. He said while he has quit the NDA, his other options are open.(AP)
Kushwaha had been targeting the BJP and Kumar, a key ally of the ruling party, for weeks. He said while he has quit the NDA, his other options are open.(AP)

Congress congratulates Upendra Kushwaha for pulling out of NDA govt

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON DEC 11, 2018 08:39 AM IST
RLSP chief Upendra Kushwaha announced his resignation on Monday, saying Prime Minister Narendra Modi failed to fulfil aspirations of the people and he was “dejected” and “betrayed” by his leadership.
Patna, India - Nov. 17, 2018:Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) Chief Upendra Kushwaha addressing a press conference on seat-sharing arrangement among the ruling NDA constituents in Bihar in Patna, India, on Saturday, November 17, 2018. (Photo by Parwaz Khan / Hindustan Times)(Parwaz Khan /HT PHOTO)
Patna, India - Nov. 17, 2018:Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) Chief Upendra Kushwaha addressing a press conference on seat-sharing arrangement among the ruling NDA constituents in Bihar in Patna, India, on Saturday, November 17, 2018. (Photo by Parwaz Khan / Hindustan Times)(Parwaz Khan /HT PHOTO)

Upendra Kushwaha’s exit will dent NDA’s poll prospect, say experts

Hindustan Times, Patna | By Vijay Swaroop
UPDATED ON DEC 10, 2018 05:02 PM IST
Kushwaha resigned on Monday as the Union minister of state for human resource development as he quit the National Democratic Alliance, which has set a target to win all the Lok Sabha seats from Bihar in the Lok Sabha elections next year.
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