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AAP mocks Sudesh claims

A section of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders, who has refused to accept the candidature of party member Amanullah Aman from Ranchi seat, on Tuesday trained their guns on Ajsu supremo Sudesh Mahto, who is also contesting the polls from the capital constituency.

Mocking the former deputy chief minister’s election slogan “Siksha, Hariyali Aur Vikas,” the AAP members said that Sudesh neither had a vision for development of education nor had any plan to create greenery. His Silli model of development is not worthy to be adopted for the entire state, they added.

“Sudesh Mahto is talking about education, but the fact is that he obtained his postgraduation certificate from Nalanda University using unfair means. As far as his claim of ushering in hariyali in the state is concerned, it is not possible for him. When he was the forest and environment minister, he grew only two plants after spending Rs 35 lakh on Rahe-Bela Road under his Silli Assembly constituency and developed concrete jungle,” said AAP member Sunil Mahto while issuing a written statement to the press at the Radium Road party office.

Further criticising the state of education in Silli, Sunil said that while the Right to Education Act stipulates that the teacher-student ration must be 1:30 at the primary level, Silli constituency has one mentor per 113 students. “The high school scenario is equally bad. There are only 18 teachers against the sanctioned strength of 58,” he added.

The AAP member also raised questions over the plight of Birhor, one of the nine primitive tribes of Jharkhand residing in Silli area, saying they don’t have any house to stay and have to cover long distances on foot for water.

“Sudesh has plans for his own development, not for others. This is evident from his land dealings. He purchased a 3.18-acre plot from one Manik Mahto for Rs 1.82 lakh and let it out to Hindalco on lease to run a school under corporate social responsibility. He is earning Rs 1.44 lakh every month. The man who sold the plot is working as a night guard in Silli, while Sudesh is pocketing lakhs. Now, he is planning to reach Delhi from Silli,” Sunil added.

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