Any­body can be­come CM in 2020: Kushwaha

Hindustan Times (Ranchi) - - Front Page - HT Correspondent let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com ■

PATNA : Up­ping the ante, Rashtriya Lok Sa­mata Party (RLSP) chief and Union min­is­ter Upen­dra Kushwaha on Fri­day said any­one could be­come the chief min­is­ter of Bi­har af­ter the 2020 Bi­har as­sem­bly elec­tions.

BENGALURU: Kar­nataka coali­tion govern­ment’s move to cel­e­brate the Jayanti of Tipu Sul­tan – a con­tentious ruler of the erst­while Mysuru king­dom – has run into an­other con­tro­versy.

Fri­day’s event, which is be­ing sup­ported by the rul­ing Congress – JD(S) coali­tion, was said to be marked with a func­tion at Vid­hana Soudha, the seat of power in the state. How­ever, it has now emerged that the chief min­is­ter H D Ku­maraswamy will miss the event due to ill health and the deputy CM G Para­maesh­wara who be­longs to the Congress party is likely to in­au­gu­rate it.

The op­po­si­tion Bharatiya Janata Party and other Sangh Pari­var af­fil­i­ates have op­posed the cel­e­bra­tions claim­ing that Tipu was a re­li­gious bigot and car­ried out pogroms against Hin­dus. For­mer Deputy CM and se­nior BJP leader R Ashoka claimed that while they would wel­come cel­e­bra­tion of lead­ers like for­mer Pres­i­dent A P J Ab­dul Kalam or Saint Sishu­nala Sharief “it would be bet­ter if Ku­maraswamy re­al­izes that who­ever has cel­e­brated Tipu Jayanti has lost power.”

How­ever, Di­nesh Gundu Rao, the Kar­nataka Pradesh Congress Comit­tee pres­i­dent said that there was no dif­fer­ence of opin­ion be­tween JDS and his party and that they were on the ssame page on cel­e­brat­ing Tipu Jayanti.

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