Now, CM Manjhi says Dalits should go for inter-caste marriage to ‘increase population’

"...if we have to become a political force, we need to take our population from 16 to 22 per cent," said Manhji.

Written by Santosh Singh | Patna | Published:August 22, 2014 10:39 am
manjhi “Dalit youths should go for more and more inter-caste marriage. If we have to become a political force, we need to take our population from 16 to 22 per cent,” said CM Manjhi.

Bihar Chief Minister Jeetan Ram Manjhi has stirred up fresh controversy by asking Dalit youths to marry outside their caste to become a political force in Bihar.

The CM, who was addressing Dalit students at a function at a welfare hostel in the state capital Thursday evening said: “Dalit youths should go for more and more inter-caste marriage. If we have to become a political force, we need to take our population from 16 to 22 per cent”.

The CM’s statement came a fortnight after he had said his predecessor had failed to curb corruption even when Kumar remarkably worked for development of the state.

JD (U), however, did not subscribe to Manjhi’s remarks. JD (U) Rajya Sabha MP and party national spokesperson KC Tyagi told The Indian Express: “Though there is nothing wrong with Manjhi’s statement on inter-caste marriage that should be encouraged to dismantle caste feelings. But it must not be linked to population. Increase as it is against national population control policy”.

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    Amit
    Aug 22, 2014 at 6:29 am
    Why people give votes to such racist people .. why people vote for Lalu, Nitish???
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      Giggin
      Aug 22, 2014 at 5:33 pm
      Inter caste marriage is laudable considering we are pluralistic society, but for increasing the potion? What a dumb statement? India's potion is a big concern. What India needs is small yet healthy potion.
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        Gangu true
        Aug 22, 2014 at 10:16 am
        Intercatse marriages does not alter potion balance. Re-producing like roaches does.
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          Khushbu Vidyarthi
          Aug 22, 2014 at 8:11 am
          Still sitting on increasing the vote bank, and asking for equality.. Kuchh nahi ho sakta hai India ka.
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            MohanThoreau
            Sep 29, 2014 at 3:38 am
            Honorable chief Minister Shree, Do you know M. K. hi? Remember what he said and potion of our motherland accepted without hesitation that untouchability was a curse on our society? And it was abolished legally by the stroke of pen on our independance in 1947 and you being the chief minister it is your responsibility that no one in your state be treated that way rather than to want to increase dalit potion. Look at yourself, you became a chief minister of your state, you have become modern equivalent to high caste brahmin. Rather than continue to claim yourself mahadalit, you should make the way for those in community, who are still treated like dalits and reduced to be like dalit, to progress economically and socially.
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              R.Subramonian
              Aug 22, 2014 at 10:59 am
              Is This remark is secular? Let congress and co answer. The remark will incite caste violences
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                Suresh Prasad
                Aug 22, 2014 at 5:25 am
                And more reservation in jobs? Who will bear the brunt of this dole out? But he should remember that intra-Dalit marriages are often problematic. Dalit (SC) is a legal ideny whereas in reality it is sociologically fragmented.
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