Kushwaha accused of selling LS ticket for Rs 10 cr

Kushwaha accused of selling LS ticket for Rs 10 cr

RLSP chief Upendra Kushwaha. PTI

Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) president Upendra Kushwaha has been charged with selling Lok Sabha ticket for Rs 10 crore.

The allegation has been made by one of the senior leaders in the party— Nagmani, who has since been shown the door.

Nagmani, a former MP, who served as a Union minister in the Vajpayee government and as a legislator worked in the Nitish regime too, accused Kushwaha of selling Lok Sabha tickets for 2019 parliamentary polls, a charge vehemently denied by the RLSP.

Nagmani, who was working president of the RLSP, before he was thrown out of the party, said that he met Kushwaha at his New Delhi residence on February 7 and protested against giving Lok Sabha ticket to Madhav Anand from Motihari.

“I was told by Kushwaha that Madhav had given Rs 10 crore to run the party affairs,” said Nagmani, before submitting his resignation.

“I cannot continue in the party where the party president is selling Lok Sabha tickets,” said Nagmani, who, last week, was issued a show-cause notice by Kushwaha asking him to explain how he shared the dais with JD(U) strongman Nitish Kumar and also showered praise on the Bihar chief minister.

“Instead of replying to the show-cause, I preferred to resign,” said Nagmani, who has a long history of changing sides on poll-eve.

The RLSP, meanwhile, denied Nagmani’s charges and reiterated that Nagmani was seeking Lok Sabha tickets for himself as well as his wife Suchitra Sinha, which Kushwaha refused.