Nitish Kumar appoints Upendra Kushwaha as the national parliamentary board president “with immediate effect”
BIHAR’S ruling JD(U) on Sunday received a shot in the arm with the merger of Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) of Upendra Kushwaha, a former protege of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar who came back under his wing nine years after having fallen apart. The merger took place at the JD(U) State Headquarters here, where the Chief Minister welcomed Kushwaha, a former Union Minister, by presenting him with a bouquet.
Top JD(U) leaders like Rajeev Ranjan Singh alias Lalan, Sanjay Kumar Jha and Vashisth Narayan Singh and key office bearers of the now dissolved RLSP like Madhaw Anand and Fazl Imam Mallick were also present. The much-anticipated reunion, likely to be mutually beneficial, comes on the back of hectic parleys between the two leaders in the recent past. Soon after he was inducted into the JD(U), Kumar announced Kushwaha’s appointment as the national parliamentary board president “with immediate effect”.