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BJP suffers setback as MP quits, ally declares war

The BJP suffered twin setbacks Thursday as its Dalit MP Savitribai Phule quit the party, accusing it of practising divisive politics while its ally Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) chief and Union minister Upendra Kushwaha appeared set to sever the ties by declaring a war on the ruling NDA alliance. At an open session of the party in the Bihar town Motihari, Kushwaha made a scathing attack on the BJP and quoted from poet Ramdhari Singh Dinkar s work Rashmirathi the words of Lord Krishna addressed to Duryodhana: Since gesture of friendship has been spurned, I am announcing the final resolve that henceforth, there would be no more supplication but a war. He, however, stopped short of announcing a break-up with the BJP-led NDA. I have categorically said it is a war. What more do you expect me to say? he told reporters when asked if he would break his alliance with the BJP. He also charged Nitish Kumar s government in the state with failure on all fronts. Kushwaha has often made ..

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