Some in NDA don’t want Modi as prime minister again: RLSP chief

PATNA: Some people in the National Democratic Alliance or NDA did not want Narendra Modi to be the prime minister of the country again in 2019, BJP ally Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) chief and Union Minister of State for HRD Upendra Kushwaha said on Friday.
Kushwaha refused to reveal the names of such people and said everything will be known at the appropriate time.
“In NDA (National Democratic Alliance), there are some people who don’t want Modiji to become the Prime Minister again. Such people intentionally spread rumours to trigger conflicts within the NDA,” Kushwaha told the media here.
He said his party wanted Modi to become the Prime Minister again after the 2019 polls. The RLSP is a BJP ally.
The RLSP leader’s recent string of comments has been making things awkward for the BJP-JDU coalition government in Bihar. He had suggested that Chief Minister Nitish Kumar must “give up the bid” for a fourth term in office in 2020.

REVELS IN THE PAST
Congress MP Kapil Sibal will be releasing a new book titled “Shades of Truth: A Journey Derailed”, arguing that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA government “revels in the past” and debunking the claim of “Acche Din” that the BJP made in the run up to 2014 general elections.
To be published by New Delhi-based Rupa Publications in September, the available details on the book note that the people of India seemed to have embraced the winds of change in the anticipation of “Acche Din”.
“But as the NDA Government under the leadership of Narendra Modi seeks a ‘Congress Mukt Bharat’ and attempts to tackle all the issues for which it blamed previous governments, we must pause and reflect on the journey thus far; what lies ahead and on the gap between the promised change and delivery on the ground,” Sibal said in a statement on the book.
The publisher added that in “Shades of Truth” Sibal will be examining “the many actions of the Modi government since 2014” and will lay bare how his government “revels in the past without seeking to grapple with the problems of the present and prepare for future challenges”.
“Apart from his reflections on diverse topics and contemporary concerns, Sibal also reflects on the policy decisions of the UPA government in sectors as diverse as telecom, education, science and technology, and law,” the publisher added.
Kapil Sibal is a Harvard law School graduate, an eminent lawyer, and a Member of Rajya Sabha. In the past he has served as the Union Cabinet Minister, holding several portfolios.
 — IANS