Kushwaha Demands Resignation of Nitish Kumar

Upendra Kushwaha in Patna on Saturday.

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Patna: Desperately trying to remain relevant in a rather new political landscape in Bihar where the opposition has been effectively neutered by Bharatiya Janata Party-led NDA following its resounding victory in the last Lok Sabha elections, Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) chief Upendra Kushwaha, on Saturday, kicked off his 'Nitish Hatao, Bhavishya Bachao' campaign to demand resignation of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

Blaming the Chief Minister for the deaths of over 150 children who died of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) that has hit Muzaffarpur and some other parts of Bihar, Kushwaha, who has a long history of rivalry with the Janata Dal – U leader, said that his agitation would continue until Kumar owns up the responsibility in the death of the children and resigns from his post.

The man who has always portrayed himself as a better leader than Nitish Kumar despite no obvious sign to suggest it, began his 'foot journey from Muzaffarpur arriving at Patna's Shaheed Smarak around 2:00 pm where he paid tribute to the martyrs of the freedom struggle before unleashing attack on Nitish Kumar.

Accompanied by Mukesh Sahni, the leader of the Vikassheel Insaan Party (VIP) who also failed to win even a single seat in Bihar, Kushwaha climbed up a tractor turned into a makeshift platform from where he addressed a small crowd about the 'atrocities' being committed by the Nitish administration.

"Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has virtually admitted in the Assembly that government officials failed to implement a number of schemes that led to the deaths of the children in Muzaffarpur and elsewhere. My question is, when will the Chief Minister take action against these officers?" he asked.

The RLSP chief then asked Kumar to resign from his post on moral grounds saying he had been in power since 2005 and if could not fix Bihar in 14 years then there is a good chance he will never be able to remove all the malaise that has gripped the state from decades.


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