Upendra Kushwaha. Photograph:( Zee News Network )
Asserting that no talks of seat-sharing for Lok Sabha polls have taken place in Bihar so far, Union minister of state for human resource development Upendra Kushwaha claimed on Saturday that some people in the NDA, who don't wish to see Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister, were circulating "misleading news".
"Everything (published regarding seat sharing) seems to be without any basis. One thing I can tell you with full responsibility that there are people in the NDA, who don't wish to see Narendra Modi as the prime minister. They are the ones circulating misleading news," news agency PTI reported him as saying.
He, however, refrained from taking names even as the media persons sought to know if some of these people who were "spreading canards" were from Bihar.
"This is an internal matter and I don't want to discuss it outside (alliance). I have said what I had to," he was quoted as saying
Asked if the grand alliance, comprising the RJD and the Congress, had offered five seats to the RLSP, Kushwaha said, "We are the ones who believe in making 'kheer' and not 'khayali pulao' (daydreams). I am the one who wants to see Narendra Modi as prime minister again."
A section of media had recently reported that an arrangement had been made between the BJP and its allies for the 2019 elections.
Quoting sources, the reports said the BJP will contest 20 of the 40 Lok Sabha seats in Bihar, while its allies - the Janata Dal (United), the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) and the Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RSLP) and a splinter group of the RSLP -- will contest on 12, five, two and one seats respectively.
Rubbishing the reports, the RLSP chief said, "No talks of seat sharing have taken place in Bihar. In the news reports that I have come across, senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi and Ram Vilas Paswan's party (LJP) have also made it clear that the talks are still pending."