INDIA’S EASTERN STATE CHIEF LAUNCHES ATTACK ON BJP OVER ITS IDEOLOGICAL PARENT’S OPINION ON RESERVATION

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India’s eastern state chief launches attack on BJP over its ideological parent’s opinion on reservation

KEYWORDS: Bihar polls, Nitish kumar, BJP, Mohan Bhagwat, reservation policy, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, Narendra Modi

Chief minister of India’s eastern Bihar state, Nitish Kumar, launches attack on Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the opinion of its ideological mentor Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat over reservation policy in the country.

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PATNA, BIHAR, INDIA (SEPTEMBER 23, 2015) (ORIGINALLY 4:3) (ANI-NO ACCESS ARD)

1. CHIEF MINISTER OF EASTERN BIHAR STATE, NITISH KUMAR, SITTING ALONG WITH DIGNITARIES

2. CLOSE OF KUMAR SITTING

3. MORE OF KUMAR SITTING

4. (SOUNDBITE) (Hindi) CHIEF MINISTER OF EASTERN BIHAR STATE, NITISH KUMAR, SAYING: “According to Mohan Bhagwat (chief of RSS), the incumbent reservation policy is not correct. A committee should be formed to decide who should get the facility of reservation and for how long. This is a very dangerous thought and this cannot be accepted.”

6. KUMAR SITTING

7. (SOUNDBITE) (Hindi) CHIEF MINISTER OF EASTERN BIHAR STATE, NITISH KUMAR, SAYING: “Arun Jaitley, in the recent past, asked why should we discuss Bihar’s development model as Gujarat is on number one and Bihar stands on the 21st position in ease of doing business? A report was prepared by federal industries ministry and World Bank just to make Bihar look bad.”

8. KUMAR LEAVING THE NEWS CONFERENCE

STORY: Chief minister of India’s eastern Bihar state, Nitish Kumar, on Wednesday (September 23) launched attack on Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the opinion of its ideological mentor Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat over reservation policy in the country.

Kumar’s comment came at the time when all the political outfits are gearing up for the upcoming assembly polls in Bihar.

Kumar said Bhagwat’s remarks were dangerous and that his ideology was unacceptable.

“According to Mohan Bhagwat (chief of RSS), the incumbent reservation policy is not correct. A committee should be formed to decide who should get the facility of reservation and for how long. This is a very dangerous thought and this cannot be accepted,” said Kumar in state capital Patna.

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat had said that the BJP should review the reservation policy for welfare for all.

Kumar criticised the BJP while saying that the ruling party buckle under pressure from its ideological parent.

However, the BJP distanced itself from the comments of Bhagwat as a senior party leader and country’s Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the party respects reservation rights for scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and other backward classes.

Kumar also hit back at Finance Minister Arun Jaitley who recently ridiculed Bihar government over its development model.

“Arun Jaitley, in the recent past, asked why should we discuss Bihar’s development model as Gujarat is on number one and Bihar stands on the 21st position in ease of doing business? A report was prepared by federal industries ministry and World Bank just to make Bihar look bad,” said Kumar.

Bihar, which goes to polls from October 12, has 80 percent of its population comprising Dalits and backward classes.

The forthcoming polls stands crucial for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as a defeat would harm his chances of consolidating power in Parliament, where his reform agenda is being blocked because his party is in the minority in the Rajya Sabha, or the upper house of Parliament.

Caste-based reservations have always been a sensitive issue in India, used often as a tool for what is called vote-bank politics

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