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Union ministers Upendra Kushwaha resigns from Modi government

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Upendra Kushwaha, RLSP president, Union council of ministers, BJP-led NDA government, Parliament Winter Session, Winter Session of Parliament, National news

New Delhi: RLSP president Upendra Kushwaha resigned from the Union council of ministers and walked out of the BJP-led NDA on Monday, a day before Parliament’s Winter Session begins.

Kushwaha, in his resignation letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said he was “dejected” and “betrayed” by the PM’s leadership, according to party sources.

 

Upendra Kushwaha, RLSP president, Union council of ministers, BJP-led NDA government, Parliament Winter Session, Winter Session of Parliament, National news

 

“It is unfortunate that the government’s priority is not to work for the poor and oppressed, but to fix political opponents by hook or crook,” Kushwaha said in the letter.

The Rashtriya Lok Samta Party chief also held a press conference here in which he announced he has quit the National Democratic Alliance. “I have left NDA, other options are open,” he said.

Kushwaha also attacked Nitish Kumar, saying the Bihar chief minister was against him.

 

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The RLSP chief is likely to meet Congress president Rahul Gandhi later in the day.

Welcoming Kushwaha’s resignation, Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Jay Prakash Narayan Yadav said he has taken the right decision which is in favour of democracy and now he should decide his future course of action to remove the BJP from power.

 

Upendra Kushwaha, RLSP president, Union council of ministers, BJP-led NDA government, Parliament Winter Session, Winter Session of Parliament, National news

 

Kushwaha had been targeting the BJP and Kumar, a key ally of the ruling party, for weeks.

He was upset with the BJP after it asserted that the RLSP would not be given more than two seats in the 2019 Lok Sabha election, even as it went out of way to accommodate Kumar by agreeing that the saffron party and the JD(U) would fight equal number of seats.

The RLSP may join hands with the opposition, which includes Lalu Prasad’s RJD and the Congress. Bihar sends 40 MPs to Lok Sabha.

 

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Woman, three children die in fire in UP village

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Banda, Dec 26 : Three children and their mother were burnt to death in a fire which spread from a bonfire in Dubey Purva Mau village in Banda district of Uttar Pradesh.

Additional Superintendent of Police, Mahendra Pratap Chauhan, said, “Kallu, a resident of Dubey Purva village in Marka police station area in Banda district is a daily wager from Jaipur, Rajasthan. He lived there along with his wife and three children. The sparks emanating from the bonfire lit due to the cold gutted the entire house. Possible other reasons behind the fire are also being probed.”

According to the locals, the villagers raised an alarm when they saw the flames engulfing Kallu’s house. By the time they were able to break open the door, the entire house had turned into rubble. There was only burnt debris and smoke everywhere. On receiving information, the police arrived and the fire brigade too reached the site.

Villagers said the mother and her three children were burnt to death in the fire in the kuccha house which began from a bonfire. The police and the fire brigade personnel put out the fire and removed the bodies from the rubble.

The Sub-Divisional Magistrate said prima facie the cause of the fire appears to be the sparks from the bonfire. But only an investigation can confirm the actual reason.

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