Patna: Union minister of state for HRD Upendra Kushwha on Wednesday condemned Tuesday’s Bharat bandh called by the upper caste groups against reservation.
During the bandh, Kushwaha was stopped, abused and roughed up near Hajipur in Vaishali district. He had to call off his to Motihari in East Champaran where Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the chief guest at the concluding function of the Champaran Satyagraha centenary.
Kushwaha was talking to journalists at his party office after distributing books from the party fund at the Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya in Kurji as part of his Siksha Sudhar-Pustak Uphar campaign. The initiative was launched in all 534 blocks of Bihar. Kushwaha said the next generation has to be educated to help eliminate social evils. The books were distributed to students of Class 6, 7 and 8. Money for the books was collected through donation and contributions made by Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) functionaries.
About the bandh, he said: “Whatever happened yesterday was disappointing. What the upper castes are doing is not right. I will appeal to them not to go against quota for Dalits and backwards. The upper castes will face problems if they continue such things.”
He also announced launch of Halla Bol Darwaja Khol from May 20 to ensure fair representation of Dalits and backward people in the judiciary.
Earlier, addressing students at the school, Kushwaha said: “You shouldn’t feel you belong to poor families. You’ve the same two eyes, hands, ears and legs that I have. Even the Prime Minister and President have the same. You can become like us through education.” The school administration said they had no desk or bench for students. Kushwaha said he would donate the same from the party fund soon.
Courtesy: The Telegraph