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Patna: Upendra Kushwaha, the leader of the Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP), after overplaying his cards in the hope of securing more seats for the 2019 Lok Sabha election and his bluff being called by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), he changed his tune on Monday when he said that if he cannot get more than three seats in the next Parliamentary polls then the Nitish administration at least agree to his 25-point charter of demands.

Patna: Upendra Kushwaha, the leader of the Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP), after overplaying his cards in the hope of securing more seats for the 2019 Lok Sabha election and his bluff being called by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), he changed his tune on Monday when he said that if he cannot get more than three seats in the next Parliamentary polls then the Nitish administration at least agree to his 25-point charter of demands.

In a clear face-saving attempt after threatening to quit the NDA if his party did not get more than three tickets, Kushwaha backtracked on his demand saying he was willing to forgive and forget all the insults hurled at him by the BJP and the Janata Dal – U as long as the Nitish government agreed to fulfill his 25-point demand that was meant to improve education in Bihar.

"As the Central Minister of Human Resources for State, I put education above everything else. Bihar is still far behind in terms of quality education and I will settle for improvement in it if the Chief Minister Nitish Kumar agrees to fulfill my conditions," the RLSP leader said.

Among Kushwaha's 25 demands are appointments of teachers in schools through Bihar Public Service Commission; re-evaluation of all teachers appointed after 2013; keeping teachers away from any non-teaching works, mandatory 75% attendance in classes, modernization of madarsas, and timely holding of PUSU elections.

Once again, Kushwaha's rhetoric were met by scoff by the JD-U.

"All this time he had been a Central Minister, he did not do anything for Bihar. Now that the first term of the NDA is nearly over, he suddenly is concerned about education in the state," incumbent Education Minister Krishna Nandan Prasad Verma said.

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