LJP supremo Ramvilas Paswan today slammed Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for,what he termed,playing caste politics for electoral benefits and said that Kumar had no moral right to question others if they speak for welfare of any community.
“Kumar has been guilty of segregation of social groups into castes and sought to bring animosity among them by giving special incentives to a particular caste or group of castes and deprived the same to other caste groups with identical socio-economic background,” Paswan said at a function hosted by his party to celebrate 88th birth anniversary of former Chief Minister Karpuri Thakur.
“A person (Nitish) who has deliberately divided the society in different caste groups now appeals to the people to think for collective development by shedding caste identity,” Paswan said,in a dig at his bitter arch-rival.
Citing the example of segregation of some castes among dalits into mahadalits by the NDA government during its first term and constitution of a mahadalit commission to cater to their aspirations,the LJP President said,the Chief Minister has no moral right to flay others if they spoke for welfare of a specific community.
Paswan said that Kumar’s latest statement advocating for a separate quota for the most backward castes (MBCs) among the OBCs under 27 per cent reservation was yet another example of the latter’s ‘inconsistent’ stand on caste-based politics.
If Kumar was so sincere about amelioration of the MBCs,then he should have himself led by example and given seven berths to them as against three in the ministry as their population stood at 35 per cent in Bihar,he said.