RLSP chief Upendra Kushwaha resigns from PM Narendra Modi’s Cabinet

Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) Chief Upendra Kushwaha on Monday resigned as Union Minister from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Council of Ministers.

According to the reports, Kushwaha will address a press briefing later today to explain on his decision to quit the BJP-led NDA government.

The RLSP chief was reportedly upset with the BJP central leadership over the distribution of seats for 2019 Lok Sabha elections, after the party stated that that the RLSP was to be given two seats, one less than the number it had fought on and won in 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

Kushwaha was the Minister of State for Human Resource Development at the centre.

Kushwaha, earlier in the day had said that he would not attend today’s key meeting of all NDA allies.

The resignation comes just a day before assembly elections results of five states, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Telangana, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram are to be declared.

There are speculations that the Kushwaha may join hands with the opposition including Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the Congress.