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Posted at: Dec 6, 2018, 6:44 PM; last updated: Dec 6, 2018, 6:44 PM (IST)

RLSP chief Kushwaha slams BJP over temple politics

RLSP chief Kushwaha slams BJP over temple politics
Upendra Kushwaha. File photo

Jitendra K Shrivastava
Tribune News Service
Patna, December 6

Union Minister and Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) chief Upendra Kushwaha on Thursday slammed the BJP over its Ayodhaya temple politics saying that it was not the duty of political parties to construct temple or mosque.

Kushwaha took on the BJP saying, “Bihar BJP unit appears that it has bowed down before Nitish Kumar. The BJP raises the issue of Ayodhaya temple just before Lok Sabha election as it does not want to construct it. RLSP does not oppose construction of temple or mosque as political party is not supposed to be involved in it.”

Kushwaha said he strived hard to meet BJP president Amit Shah but he never spared time for him. Later on, he tried to see Prime Minister Narendra Modi but failed to get any positive response from him too.

Addressing a concluding session of a three-day ‘Chintan Shivir; of his party in Motihari, Kushwaha slammed Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar over state government’s education policy.

He also laid stress on the importance of education as it was the only ladder of success for the poor.

“If the Nitish government accepts RLSP’s 25-point-education reforms, RLSP will be ready to bear all brunt including seat-sharing for ‘Mission 2019’ and insulting remarks made against me,” said Kushwaha.

Party’s MP Ram Kumar Sharma and other two MLAs Sudhanshu Shekhar and Lalan Paswan were also found absent from the party’s function in Motihari.

Attacking Nitish Kumar, Kushwaha said: “Government schools lack in benches, desks, and laboratories so what is called as Nitish model of education. If this is Nitish model, it is not possible to fulfil dream of Dr Ambedkar as for the poor, the only way to success is education.”

“Most of school teachers are unable to read or count and write address of correspondence. How the poor would become educated with such teachers. Those teachers who are competent do not get salary on time,” he said adding that mid-day meal should not be closed but the meals should be prepared from outside the school.

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