In Nitish Kumar’s unity plan across states, groups seeking quota

Nitish, also JD(U) national president, has expressed concern over these communities’ dwindling agriculture income and called for the “largest possible unity” against the BJP.

Written by Anand Mishra | New Delhi | Published:November 2, 2016 1:56 am
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HIS EYE on a consolidation of “Mandal-plus” communities across the country, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will seek to extend his footprint beyond his state. He will travel across the country and express solidarity with reservation demands by various communities — Patidars in Gujarat, Marathas in Maharasthra, Jats in UP, Gurjars in Rajasthan, Kammas and Kapus in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, Vokkaligas in Karnataka.

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Nitish, also JD(U) national president, has expressed concern over these communities’ dwindling agriculture income and called for the “largest possible unity” against the BJP.

Invitations have come from Patidar agitation leader Hardik Patel in Gujarat, Sudhir Sawant of Maratha Kranti Morcha, Himmat Singh Gurjar of Rajasthan Gurjar Aarakshan, Yudhveer Singh of Jat Samaj in UP and Appaji Gowda of Karnataka State Vokkaligara Sangha. In a letter, Hardik welcomed Nitish’s support to the quota demand. Last year, Hardik had declared his support to Nitish ahead of the Bihar polls.

Sawant and Gurjar thanked Nitish for “understanding the plight” of agitating communities. And Yudhveer Singh thanked Nitish for “his support for inclusion of Jats in central list of OBCs” and invited him to UP.

“Nitish will consolidate the support of these farming communities, who are neither upper caste nor OBC. He does not want any cut in the existing quota of 27 per cent quota for OBCs,” a JD(U) leader said. “By raising their economic plight, he has started a new debate. He will counter Hindutva with Mandal-plus of all farmer castes, some of them left out in the Mandal Commission report.”

JD(U) general secretary K C Tyagi said his party will raise the issue in Parliament. “There has to be some arrangement for them as their children do not get jobs. A recent report showed 67 per cent of Marathas are BPL.” Asked if Nitish would accept the invitations to these states, Tyagi replied, “Why not. Nitishji is ready to go to these states.”

JD(U) sources said NCP chief Sharad Pawar and JD(S) chief H D Deve Gowda had discussed the issue with Nitish a month ago. In UP, JD(U) plans a rally with RLD chief Ajit Singh and will invite Pawar and Deve Gowda.

Nitish, in turn, has been invited to a Kurmi-Gowda conference in Bengaluru in November. Appaji Gowda of Karnataka State Vokkaligara Sangha, which is organising the event jointly with Akhil Bharath Kurmi Samaj, to be presided over by Deve Gowda, says they will address Kurmis, Patidars, Vokkaligas, Reddys, Kudumbars, Gounders, Nayars, Patils and Jats.

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  1. R
    Nov 2, 2016 at 10:33 am
    Well, he is obviously a better alternative to Rahul hi. Anyone is better than Rahul hi. But it would be better if he spent more time in his native Bihar and developed it. It is a jungle - if this is an indication of how he will run (or ruin) India, then seriously, look for someone from Bangalore or even Noida or Mumbai/Delhi. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Can't run what you have, you're seeking to ruin everyone else's apple... but still, better than Rahul hi... are there simply no good alternatives in India, 1.2 billion people you know!
    1. B
      Brahm Gaur
      Nov 2, 2016 at 7:46 am
      Yes beat their hold by scoring better marks and their skills. Not merely by getting reaervation at the cost of the most competent. India is on way down. It will become 4th World Country inthe hands of some power centric people.
      1. D
        Nov 1, 2016 at 8:41 pm
        He is interested in making people fight and govern.
        1. G
          Nov 2, 2016 at 2:00 pm
          Time for the educated and wise people to leave this country if such a idea gets implemented by any one. It would a good gesture if all these so called leaders of the cause for the downtrodden pledge their personal ill-gotten wealth for the benefits of the communities they are championing the cause.
          1. S
            S Subramaniam
            Nov 2, 2016 at 1:41 am
            I am wondering how long people can be fooled on reservation plank eroding development.
            1. P
              Nov 2, 2016 at 5:18 am
              Mandal was the worst thing to happen to India. It is tearing out the country from within. And immoral politicians like Nitish are using it to further their own ambitions. They don't care in the least that what this country needs is education and infrastructure and governance and investment. Imagine how poor Bihar is and how much of a failed state it is, and Nitish wants to foist the Bihar model on the rest of the country. So he wants the rest of the country to to fail similar to Bihar. God save us from our corrupt and heartless politicians.
            2. P
              peehu amrita
              Nov 2, 2016 at 12:47 am
              One got his tongue sized, many still lurking...
              1. R
                Nov 2, 2016 at 8:42 am
                Does not look good plan.. better focus on devlopment
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