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
"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
"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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