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PTI Aurangabad
Updated: 08-12-2018 22:03 IST

Union Minister Upendra

Kushwaha on Saturday sat on a day-long fast here in protest

against the "failure" of the Nitish Kumar government in the

state to provide land for setting up a Kendriya Vidyalaya.

Kushwaha, the Minister of State for HRD, alleged that

request for land for setting up the school in Devkund area of

the district had been sent to the state government four months

ago, but there has been no headway in this regard so far.

"Because of the state government's non-cooperative

attitude, the Kendriya Vidyala project here is stuck. Same is

the case in Nawada district, where we will be observing a fast

on Sunday," Kushwaha, flanked by supporters of his Rashtriya

Lok Samata Party, said.

The Bihar government, he said, has made a "very

impractical" demand for grant of land, wanting a provision

that the schools should have 75 per cent students from within

the state.

"If we agree for such a provision here, we would have

to give our assent for similar provisions in other states as

well. Now, the Bihar government does not realise that barring

Patna, one hardly finds students from other states in Kendriya

Vidyalayas elsewhere.

"On the other hand, a large number of students from

Bihar study at central schools in other states. So, the

condition laid down by them will end up harming our own boys

and girls," the minister said.

Kushwaha, a former aide of Chief Minister Nitish

Kumar, floated his own outfit in 2013 after quitting the

JD(U), and has been attacking the state government in the

recent past over issues like law and order, and education.

He has also presented the Bihar government with a

25-point charter of demands on education.

The charter includes recruitment of teachers by the

state public service commission, exempting teaching staff from

preparing mid-day meals and making 75 per cent attendance

compulsory for allowing students to appear in examinations.

An NDA ally, Kushwaha has of late been speaking

against the BJP-led coalition from a number of forums, leading

to speculations of his possible exit ahead of the Lok Sabha

polls due next year.

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