Age: 63 Years
Hometown: Hazrat Jandaha
|Birth name||Upendra Singh|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Eye Colour||Dark Brown|
|Hair Colour||Salt & Pepper|
|Political Party||• Samata Party (2000-2004)
• Janata Dal (United) (2004-2007) (2009-2013) (2021-2023)
• Rashtriya Samata Party (2007-2009)
• Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (2013—2021)
• Rashtriya Lok Janata Dal (2023—present)
|Political Journey||• 1985: He joined the youth wing of the Janata Dal.
• 2000: He contested and won the Assembly Elections from the Jandaha Assembly constituency on Janata Dal (United) ticket.
• 2004: He became the Leader of the Samata Party in the Bihar Legislative Assembly and also the leader of the Opposition.
• 2007: He was dismissed from the Janata Dal (United) for allegedly indulging in “anti-party” activities.
• February 2009: He founded his own party Rashtriya Samata Party.
• November 2009: The Rashtriya Samata Party merged with the Janata Dal (United) with the reconciliation of relations between Upendra Kushwaha and Nitish Kumar, the Janata Dal (United) leader.
• 2010: He became a member of the Rajya Sabha and served on the Standing Committee on Agriculture until January 2013.
• 2013: He resigned from the Janata Dal (United).
• 3 March 2013: He launched another party 'Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP)' following which RLSP joined National Democratic Alliance.
• 2014: He contested and won the 16th Lok Sabha elections from the Karakat constituency on the Bharatiya Janata Party ticket.
• 26 May 2014: Upendra Kushwaha took an oath as Minister of State in a Swearing-in Ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.
• 10 December 2018: He resigned from the ministry and quit the National Democratic Alliance.
• 2019: His party Rashtriya Lok Samata Party withdrew itself from the NDA alliance and Kushwaha joined the United Progressive Alliance front, which was led by the Indian National Congress.
• 2019: He contested the 17th Lok Sabha election from both the Karakat and Ujiyarpur constituencies on an Indian National Congress ticket; however, he lost to Mahabali Singh of Janata Dal (United) by a margin of 84,542 votes for the Karakat Lok Sabha constituency and lost to Nityanand Rai of the Bharatiya Janata Party by a margin of 2,77,278 votes for the Ujiarpur Lok Sabha constituency.
• 2020: Before the elections of the 17th Bihar Legislative Assembly election, RLSP merged again with JD(U) and Upendra Kushwaha announced the formation of a third front in partnership with the Bahujan Samaj Party.
• 2021: He was appointed as the chairman of the National Parliamentary Board of JD(U).
• 2023: On 20 February 2023, he quit JD(U) and floated a new party - Rashtriya Lok Janata Dal. India Today
|Date of Birth||6 February 1960 (Saturday)|
|Age (as of 2023)||63 Years|
|Hometown||Hazrat Jandaha, Bihar|
|School||R. A. S. High School in Hazrat Jandaha, Bihar|
|College/University||• 1976: L.S. College in Muzaffarpur, Bihar
• 1978: Patna Science College, Bihar (BA Political Science)
• 1981: Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar Bihar University in Muzaffarpur, Bihar (MA Political Science)
|Educational Qualification(s)||• 1978: Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
• 1981: Master of Arts in Political Science
|Address||Vill. and P.O. Javaj, Distt. Vaishali, Bihar|
• 1 charge related to Voluntarily causing hurt to deter a public servant from his duty (IPC Section-332)
• 1 charge related to Punishment for criminal intimidation (IPC Section-506)
• 2 charges related to Assault or criminal force to deter a public servant from discharge of his duty (IPC Section-353)
• 1 charge related to Punishment for assault or criminal force otherwise than on grave provocation (IPC Section-352)
• 1 charge related to Punishment for wrongful restraint (IPC Section-341)
Cases where Convicted
• 1 charge related to Punishment for wrongful Confinement (IPC Section-342)
• 1 charge related to Punishment for voluntarily causing hurt (IPC Section-323)
• 1 charge related to Mischief causing damage to the amount of fifty rupees (IPC Section-427)
• 1 charge related to Rash driving or riding on a public way (IPC Section-279)
• 1 charge related to Acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention (IPC Section-34)
• 1 charge related to Punishment for Rioting (IPC Section-147)
• 1 charge related to Rioting, armed with a deadly weapon (IPC Section-148)
• 1 charge related to Every member of unlawful assembly guilty of an offence committed in prosecution of a common object (IPC Section-149)
• 1 charge related to Disobedience to order duly promulgated by a public servant (IPC Section-188)
Warning the National Democratic Alliance
On 10 December 2018, he expressed his unwillingness to share the seat in the 2019 Loksabha Elections which was why he quit and fled the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA). Kushwaha warned the National Democratic Alliance leadership that if the result of the elections deteriorate, blood would flow on the streets. He received a notice from the Election Commission for this statement; however, he later clarified that his intention was not of provoking violence. NDTV
At the loggerheads with Nitish Kumar
Upendra started facing problems within Janata Dal (United), especially with Nitish Kumar, which is why he has broken ties with Janata Dal (United); however, he has reconciled with him many times. On 25 January 2023, after Upendra claimed that JD(U) had grown "weak" in recent times, Nitish Kumar snapped at him and said,
"He may talk nonsense for as long as he pleases and leave the day he wishes to." The Economics Times
In the midst of this on-going verbal spat between Upendra and Nitish, Upendra Kushwaha's car was pelted with stones by some of the protestors on 30 January 2023. Reportedly, when Kushwaha reached Arrah in Bihar, the protestors were standing among the audience who was waiting to welcome him. They began sloganeering, which caused a chaos between Upendra's protestors and supporters. The workers of Kushwaha Samaj beat up the protestors. In an interview, while talking about this, Upendra said,
"While some of the persons pelting stones had covered their faces with mufflers, others had uncovered faces. I will tell everything about these people at an appropriate time." On 30 January 2023, he took it to Twitter and broke the news bout the incident.
On 31 January 2023, Bihar's Chief Minister Nitish Kumar announced his deputy and RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav as his successor for the 2025 state polls. In an interview, Upendra said that he had "boundless reverence" for Nitish Kumar and also said,
"I have in the past renounced my berths in the Rajya Sabha and later in the union council of ministers ... The party may take back my party post and strip me of my status as an MLC if it thinks these are big privileges bestowed on me."
He further added,
"I have been asked to clarify what I meant by claiming my own share (hissa) in the party. I am doing that today. I am speaking of the same share that Nitish Kumar had demanded at the famous rally of 1994 when Lalu Prasad was reluctant to give our leader his due."
|Relationships & More|
|Marriage Date||26 February 1982|
|Wife/Spouse||Snehlata Sinha (Politician)
|Children||Upendra Kushwaha has a son and a daughter.|
|Parents||Father- Muneshwar Singh (deceased)
Mother- Muneshwari Devi
|Siblings||Names not known|
|Car Collection||He owns a Bolero.|
• Cash: Rs. 1,01,000
• Bank Deposits: Rs. 1,341,470
• Motor Vehicles: Rs. 5,00,000
• Jewellery: Rs. 1,50,000
• Agricultural Land: Rs. 32,40,000
• Residential Buildings: Rs. 15,00,000
Note: The given estimates of movable and immovable assets are according to the year 2019. It excludes the assets owned by his wife and dependents (minor). MyNeta
|Net Worth (approx.)||Rs. 67 lakhs
Upendra Kushwaha's net worth for the financial year 2019 was estimated to be Rs. 67 lakhs. It excludes the net worth of his wife and dependents (minors). MyNeta
Some Lesser Known Facts About Upendra Kushwaha
- Upendra Kushwaha is an Indian politician and a member of the Bihar Legislative Council. He is also a former Member of Parliament. He is a former member of the Rajya Sabha and the leader of his own party Rashtriya Lok Samata Party.
- When Upendra was studying in college, he lived with Karpoori Thakur, the two-time Bihar Chief Minister, who guided him about politics. Karpoori Thakur was dear friends with Upendra’s father (deceased).
- He also learnt political ropes from Indian activist Jayaprakash Narayan.
- After he graduated from the B. R. Ambedkar Bihar University, he was appointed at Samata College as a lecturer in the politics department.
- In 1985, when Upendra joined the youth wing of the Lok Dal, he was a junior to Nitish Kumar, co-founder of the Janata Dal (United). It was on Nitish Kumar‘s suggestion that Upendra Singh added Kushwaha to his name believing that it would help boost his political standing.