Sharad Yadav joins the debate, says ‘PM, CM have no caste’

Nitish, Lalu had targeted BJP over its claim of Modi being first OBC PM.

Written by Santosh Singh | Patna | Published:July 19, 2015 12:11 am
1975 emergency, 1975 india emergency, sharad yadav, 1975 india, 1975 indira gandhi, 1975 indira gandhi emergency, indira gandhi emergency, Morarji Desai, congress, india news, indian express column, news “The Prime Minister and chief minister have no caste as they are constitutional authorities. There is no merit in such debates,” said Yadav.

Joining the verbal back and forth on caste between parties in Bihar’s ‘grand alliance’ and the BJP, ahead of the crucial assembly elections in the state, JD(U) national president Sharad Yadav on Saturday stated that the “Prime Minister and chief minister have no caste as they are constitutional authorities”.

Yadav, who was in Patna to discuss seat-sharing and finalise the party’s strategy for the Bihar election, was responding to a recent comment by BJP leader and Union minister Giriraj Singh.

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Singh, during a visit to Bihar earlier this week, had said, “A person from upper caste cannot become the Bihar CM”.

NDA had earlier accused JD(U) leader and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and ally RJD chief Lalu Prasad of deepening the divide between “backward and forward castes” in Bihar in an attempt to win the polls.

“The Prime Minister and chief minister have no caste as they are constitutional authorities. There is no merit in such debates,” said Yadav. His comment assumes importance with both Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad targetting the BJP over its claim of Narendra Modi being India’s first Prime Minister from the Other Backward Classes (OBC). The two leaders have pointed out that H D Deve Gowda was, in fact, India’s first OBC prime minister.

The JD (U) president also said he will join the protest fast by Lalu Prasad on July 26 to demand the release of the caste census results. The RJD chief has called for a Bihar bandh on July 27 to press for his demand.

Yadav, who met Kumar on Saturday, claimed that there had been no talks on seat sharing yet, but sources said JD(U) has demanded equal number of seats as the RJD for its candidates.

Yadav also expressed his support for Lalu Prasad’s idea of campaigning through tongas, saying, “tongas represent the rural culture of electioneering in India and it is a good way to connect to the masses”. Though the RJD has reportedly been uneasy over Nitish Kumar not sharing space with Lalu Prasad on campaign posters and only sharing the dais with him on select occasions, its leaders have largely refrained from attacking their ally publicly.


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  1. J
    Jul 19, 2015 at 8:39 am
  2. L
    Jul 20, 2015 at 10:13 pm
    Biharis are no fools, very hard working and intelligent but cursed with bad leaders. That is the reason why they migrate to other states. Hope, Modi will stop this tide and prevent Bihar going Delhi way.
  3. L
    Jul 19, 2015 at 3:32 am
    Shardji , Biharis love their caste.
  4. R
    Ravi Kant
    Jul 23, 2015 at 6:51 pm
    Mud slinging will soil both involved in it. Fair and responsible politics will boost the position of politicians.
  5. R
    Ravi Kant
    Jul 23, 2015 at 6:55 pm
    Politicians should respect opponents too. When Ravana died, Sri Rama asked Sri Lakshman to learn rajneeti by standing near the feet of Ravana. The tradition of the country is so high and the politicians should carry forward the same.
  6. Y
    Jul 19, 2015 at 10:50 am
    In politics nothing is untouchable as long as aspirations of political leaders i.e power seat remains the prime motive. Bihar politics are caste driven over the years but times have changed. Why BJP has to claim that shrink Narender Modi is the first PM from backward caste ?.
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