PATNA: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has landed in trouble for seeking reservation in private sector.
Leaders across parties are mounting pressures on the chief minister to send such proposal to the Centre now that he is an ally of the ruling NDA, rather than making such demand.
“Mere rhetoric will not do. Now, Nitish Kumar should pass this proposal from the Bihar assembly and send the same to the centre for approval,” rebel BJP leader Yashwant Sinha told the media in Patna on Friday.
Sinha who served as the Union finance minister in the previous NDA government was here in Patna to attend a function organised by a JD-U rebel and former assembly Speaker Uday Narayan Chadhary.
Prior to him, BSP leader Miss Mayawati had made similar demand from Nitish Kumar.
“Rather than making such remark, the Bihar government should just ask the Center for reservation and make sure it is done. They are sitting in power, from whom are they demanding this? They themselves are in power,” Mayawati told the media recently.
She added from the very beginning the BSP has been in favour of reservation of the backward class in the Private sector.
The chief minister had advocated for reservation in the private sector too earlier this week.
“It is our personal opinion that existing provisions of reservation should be extended in private sector also. But there should be a debate on the issue at national level. Final decision on the issue will be taken by Parliament,” Nitish Kumar was quoted by The Times Of India.
“If you’re using government money and giving employment, then you have to follow the Reservation Act of the state,” the chief minister added.
Nitish Kumar, of late, has been on sticky wicket over the way his own party men have been attacking the government for ignoring the dalits reservation and the BJP trying to encroach into the JD-U vote-bank.
Add to this, a section of his party led by Sharad Yadav has revolted against Nitish Kumar for betraying the people’s mandate and joining hands with the BJP.