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Kushwaha mocked by JD(U) over 25-point charter of demands

Press Trust of India  |  Patna 

on Sunday drew snide remarks from the ruling JD(U) in over his new stance that he was ready to "forgive and forget" alleged humiliation at the hands of Kumar, and give up his insistence on a "respectable" share of seats within the NDA in elections.

Kushwaha made a statement to this effect on Saturday night while talking to a local channel amid speculations that he might announce his exit from the NDA, in the wake of the BJP giving a cold shoulder to his ultimatum for finalising seat-sharing by November 30.

"I am ready to forgive and forget everything, the insults heaped on me personally and the shortchanging of my party on the issue of seats, if the government in assures that it would work on my 25-point charter of demands. As the for Human Resource Development, I value improving above everything else," he said.

Waving a copy of the charter of demands obtained from the media, JD(U) MLC and said at least the could have taken care to ensure that the draft was not "replete with spelling mistakes and grammatical errors".

"has been witness to two models of One was the Charvaha Vidyalaya of Lalu Prasad. The other is the of Kumar, which has thrown up institutions like the IIT Patna, the and the Kushwaha has made clear which he stands for," he said.

Kumar also wondered what the had done to improve the scenario in Bihar as a "Education is not in the state list but the concurrent list. He cannot evade responsibility by pretending it is exclusively a state matter."

Kumar's views were echoed by JD(U) MLC Ashok Chowdhury, who had served as the when he was the state and it was ruled by the

"He (Kushwaha) holds a portfolio that makes him responsible for education and all he does is moving around with demands. Does he have any sense of responsibility? What had he been doing for the past five years," Chowdhury questioned.

The charter of demands includes appointment of school teachers through the Bihar Public Service Commission, re-evaluation of teaching staff appointed since 2003, exempting teachers from all non-teaching work, making 75 per cent attendance mandatory, modernisation of madrasas and timely holding of students' union elections.

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First Published: Sun, December 02 2018. 18:35 IST