Singh, who served as minister all through the JD(U) government except for the current spell of Nitish Kumar starting from February this year, took membership of RLSP from its Chief and Union Minister of State Upendra Kushwaha.

Singh hails from Saran district which is considered stronghold of RJD President Lalu Prasad. Welcoming Singh in the RLSP, Kushwaha said many leaders having their roots in Samata Party are feeling 'suffocated' under the leadership of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar who 'changed his track for the sake of power'.

Singh, MLA from Majhi in Saran district, alleged that he was, from the beginning opposed JD(U)'s tie up with Lalu Prasad who epitomises 'jungle raj' but that was not heard within the party.

"I was looking for an opportune time to say goodbye to Nitish Kumar for bringing back jungle raj against which we had fought and the time has come now," he said.

Kushwaha cited formal talks on seat-sharing in NDA has not begun. He, however, exuded confidence it would be sorted out amicably soon. Asked how many seats RLSP was expecting, Kushwaha, who is Union Minister of State for HRD, refused to spell the number saying "It will be done in the meeting of NDA."

The RLSP chief, however, mentioned the decision of his party's recent national executive at Hajipur which said BJP should contest in 102 seats and leave the rest 141 to allies.

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