Upendra Kushwaha, the leader of the Janata Dal-United (JDU) who is at loggerheads with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, is preparing is all set to form a new political party in Bihar and is expected to announce it on February 20 in the afternoon in Patna.
Kushwaha called a two-day open meeting of the JDU workers in the city on February 19 and 20, during which he sought suggestions from the party workers for the future political strategy moving forward. One of the participants of the meeting said that the JDU workers revealed their intentions to form a new political outfit on the first day of the session.
“Kushwaha will form a new political party and an announcement is likely to be made today,” he said.
Another participant in the session reiterated the demand and said there was a unanimous opinion regarding the formation of a new political party.
“The new political party under his leadership will reach new heights in the state and fulfil the desire of the people,” he said.
Another JDU employee claimed there was no point in cooperating with them because Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was the “B team of RJD.”
“JDU has lost its own identity under Nitish Kumar, so we need to form a new party for the welfare of the state. Kushwaha has agreed to our demand,” he said. ANI tried reaching out to Kushwaha regarding the matter. However, his phone was unreachable.
However, he tweeted on February 19, “Tomorrow, on February 20, at 2 pm, I will talk to press and media colleagues at Maurya Hotel in Patna.”
मैं कल दिनांक 20 फरवरी को अपराह्न 2 बजे पटना के मौर्य होटल में प्रेस एवं मीडिया के साथियों से बात करुंगा।
— Upendra Kushwaha (@UpendraKushRLM) February 19, 2023
A close associate of Kushwaha and Member of the National Executive Council JDU, Madhaw Anand, alleged that JDU National President Lalan Singh is deliberately working not only to bring down the dignity of the party but also to humiliate the Chief Minister of Bihar.
“Some senior leaders of Janata Dal-United are engaged in destroying the party so that JDU can merge with RJD,” he alleged.
He said, “Lalan Singh should publicly tell that under his leadership what conspiracy is being hatched to weaken the party. Why is the merger of the Janata Dal-United with RJD not being denied by the party?”.
After the verbal war of words between JDU leader Upendra Kushwaha and Nitish Kumar, Kumar has given a clear message to the party leader to quit the party and should go wherever he wants to go immediately.
Several times, Nitish Kumar publicly raised questions about the intention of JDU leader Kushwaha.
In the recent turn of events, Kushwaha will likely announce his political party today. However, it remains unclear if he would join hands with the NDA in Bihar or contest alone without any alliance.