Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bihar ally and Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) chief Upendra Kushwaha quit the government and exited the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) today in a move anticipated for months because of his growing resentment with the ruling party and its seat-share deal another ally, Nitish Kumar, for the 2019 national polls.
Mr Kushwaha is expected to join a big opposition meet to discuss a common strategy to fight the BJP next year. Mr Kushwaha had been feeling short-changed since the BJP struck an even-steven seat deal with Nitish Kumar, the Bihar chief minister, last month.
The message for Mr Kushwaha was that he would not be given more than two seats to contest in the Lok Sabha election. Bihar sends 40 MPs to the Lok Sabha.