Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) chief and former Union Minister Upendra Kushwaha on Wednesday announced that he would contest from two parliamentary constituencies in Bihar.
“I will contest from Karakat and Ujiarpur Lok Sabha seats,” Upendra, the sitting Lok Sabha lawmaker from Karakat, said in capital Patna after announcing party candidates for the other seats RLSP is contesting.
Speculations have been rife that Kushwaha had been skeptical of his victory from his sitting Karakat seat that he won in 2014 riding on Narendra Modi’s wave. However, he insisted that he was not contesting from more than one place out of fear of defeat.
He’ll face Mahabali Singh of JD (U) in Karakat and Bihar BJP chief Nityanand Rai in Ujiarpur.
RLSP, part of the opposition Opposition Alliance in Bihar, has been allotted five seats out of total 40 Lok Sabha constituencies in Bihar.
In a surprising move and ignoring angry protests by party workers, Upendra also named Akash, son of Congress leader Akhilesh Singh, for Motihari Lok Sabha seat in East Champaran,
Upendra Kushwaha, who recently faced corruption allegations by his partymen of selling Lok Sabha tickets said he has no qualms in admitting that he took money as his “political party was new. And those rich people who can give donations should always help us.”
RLSP working president Nagmani quit the party recently and joined JD (U). Left to fend for himself, Upendra has fielded former MP Bhudeo Choudhary from Jamui against Chirag Paswan, son of Ram Vilas Paswan. One seat West Champaran has been given to Congress Rajya Sabha member Akhilesh Singh’s son Aakash Singh as the RLSP nominee.