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Upendra Kushwaha-Sharad Yadav meeting: Is it a sign of a split in NDA ahead of Lok Sabha 2019?

New Delhi: Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) chief Upendra Kushwaha meeting Sharad Yadav ahead of Amit Shah has created a spark hinting towards a possible split in National Democratic Alliance(NDA) ahead of upcoming Lok Sabha Polls.

The seat sharing formula among the NDA partners in Bihar, which was finalised by the BJP president Amit Shah and JDU Chief Nitish Kumar last month is facing the heat of restrains by Kushwaha constantly.

Shah and Kumar earlier announced together about the final seat sharing equations; declared that BJP and JDU will contest an equal number of seats in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections in Bihar and were looking confident of getting their other partners (LJP and RLSP) on board.

Though the RLSP Chief has been demanding more seats and so do the Loktantrik Janata Party chief Ramvilas Paswan but has reiterated their support to Narendra Modi led NDA government.

However, LJP leader and Member of Parliament Chirag Paswan has welcomed the decision of BJP and JDU contesting an equal number of seats in Bihar. But reiterated their earlier demand of not settling for less than seven parliamentary seats in Bihar; same as in the 2014 general elections.

Despite all the efforts by LJP and RLSP about the support to PM Modi, political rivals suggest it otherwise.

Kushwaha meetings with rival politicians and his ties with Nitish Kumar is a major factor behind such speculations.

Kushwaha has accused Nitish Kumar of trying to poach his two MLAs in Bihar assembly.

On Monday when Upendra Kushwaha met Sharad Yadav at his residence, both leaders had a discussion about the political scenario of Bihar and a close source to Sharad Yadav said Newsd that new twists and turns are likely when things don’t go in Kushwaha favour.

Both leaders also discussed the vote share and caste equations of Bihar chapter and the Rashtriya Janata Dal will be an option which Kushwaha will keep as a last resort, said a close aide of Sharad Yadav.

Earlier Upendra Kushwaha has met the leader of opposition in Bihar Assembly Tejaswi Yadav, triggering the speculation of discontent within NDA.

Kushwaha tweeted later that it was a courtesy call.

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