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Lalu’s RJD opposes reservation demand for poor among upper castes

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PATNA: The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) led by Lalu Prasad has opposed the reservation demand for poor among Upper castes.

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At least two union ministers have gone to public demanding reservation for the poor among upper castes.

Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution minister Ram Vilas Paswan has batted for 15 percent reservation while Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Ramdas Athawale has sought for 25 percent reservation to the poor among the Upper castes amid growing demand for reservation for the upper caste community.

But the RJD doesn’t appear amused with such demands and says ‘economic status’ is not the criteria for granting reservation to dalits and backwards. The party has tweeted a series of instances to prove its point.

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RJD vice-president Shivanand Tiwari too rejected the demand for reservation to poor among castes.

“Arakshan garibi mitane ka hatiyar nahin hai (Reservation is not a tool to eradicate poverty),” he has told the media.

To support his point, he said, “Inko (Dalits) sadiyon se heen, heya mana gaya hai. Ijjat, swabhiman ke liye arakshan ka sidhant lagoo kiya gaya hai (They were kept ignored for centuries. So, the provision of reservation was made for this socially depressed and deprived class to let them get social respect).”

Another RJD leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh though claimed the party was not against reservation to upper castes adding the party would consider any such proposal to be brought by the government over the issue

The issue of reservation has suddenly gained momentum after the Upper caste community under the banner of Bhumihar-Brahmin Ekta Manch enforced frequent shutdowns in Bihar and in the country to oppose SC/St Act and at the same time seeking reservation for poor among upper castes.

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