Rashtriya Lok Samta Party

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Rashtriya Lok Samta Party
राष्ट्रीय लोक समता पार्टी
Abbreviation RLSP
Leader Upendra Kushwaha
President Upendra Kushwaha
Chairperson Upendra Kushwaha
Parliamentary Chairperson Upendra Kushwaha
Lok Sabha leader Upendra Kushwaha
Founder Upendra Kushwaha
Founded 3 March 2013
Seats in Lok Sabha
3 / 545
[1](currently 535 members + 1 Speaker)
Seats in Rajya Sabha
0 / 245
Seats in Bihar Legislative Assembly
2 / 243
Seats in Bihar Legislative Council
1 / 75

Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (translation: National People's Equality Party; abbreviated as RLSP) is a political party in the Indian State Bihar, founded on 3 March 2013.

It had previously existed as the Rashtriya Samta Party, established in 2009 by Upendra Kushwaha and Rambihari Singh and was relaunched as the Rashtriya Lok Samta Party by Upendra Kushwaha.

History

On 23 February 2014, the RLSP entered into an alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party led National Democratic Alliance. As per the alliance, the RLSP contested three seats from Bihar for 2014 general election namely Sitamarhi, Karakat and Jahanabad.

The party won all three seats as it rode the Modi wave which swept the 2014 general elections. The party contested 23 out of 243 seats as a partner of BJP led NDA in 2015 Bihar Assembly election and won just 2 seats [2]

Recently, the party has been in the news for internal squabbles with two factions emerging - one led by Upendra Kushwaha and other led by former state president and MP Arun Kumar. [3]. The party, though being a part of the National Democratic Alliance is also suspected of holding backdoor talks with the RJD for a pre-poll alliance ahead of the 2019 general elections.[4].

Official Website

Official Website of Rashtriya Lok Samta Party

See also

References

  1. ^ "Members: Lok Sabha". loksabha.nic.in. Lok Sabha Secretariat. Retrieved 20 June 2018. 
  2. ^ Gaikwad, Rahi (23 February 2014). "BJP to ally with OBC leader Upendra Kushwaha in Bihar". The Hindu. 
  3. ^ "RLSP set for split as rival factions face off". The Indian Express. 20 August 2016. 
  4. ^ "RLSP may ditch NDA to join hands with RJD before 2019 polls". The Economic Times. 17 October 2017. 

Further reading

  • "Ex-JD(U) leader Upendra forms a new political party". IBN Live. 3 March 2013. 
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