Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday (31 October 2018) said no one has the power to abolish reservations for the marginalised sections. Addressing Schedule Caste (ST) and Schedule Tribe (ST) workers of his party Janata Dal United (JDU) in Gaya, Kumar added that he is ready to make “all sacrifices” to ensure reservation remains.
“Some people wish to give rise to tensions and differences in the society. Ambedkar’s (draft of) Constitution was approved by the Constituent Assembly. The provision for reservation was made to help the marginalised sections join the social mainstream,” Kumar was quoted as saying by news agency PTI. Kumar was addressing Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) workers of his party, Janata Dal (United), from the Magadh region at a conclave.
“I wish to make it clear that nobody has the power to do away with reservation. People like us are ready to make all sacrifices for this cause. Those who speak of such things have never had any role in bringing in reservations,” he added.
If there won’t be reservation then how will those at the margins come to the mainstream? No one in this country has power to scrap the provision of reservation. We will sacrifice whatever maybe required, if needed, but no one has the power to scrap reservation: Bihar CM(31.10.18) pic.twitter.com/Dovn4lgQBT
— ANI (@ANI) November 1, 2018
Mr Kumar said his party introduced reservation for SCs in village panchayats in 2006 and reserved 50 per cent quota for women.
He also spoke at length about the various schemes undertaken by his government for the welfare of Dalits, minorities and other weaker sections of society.
Mr Kumar urged people to draw inspiration from the life of Mahatma Gandhi and the philosophy of Lord Buddha, who is believed to have attained enlightenment near Gaya.
The event was also attended by JD(U) national general secretary and MP RCP Singh, state minister Ramesh Rishidev and MLA Abhay Kushwaha.
This is the second time when the Chief Minister of Bihar has made such a statement about the reservation. Addressing the JDU’s Dalit-Mahadalit convention in Patna’s Sri Krishna Memorial Hall, Nitish said that there is no power in the world which will change the reservation of Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (STs) in the country.
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