LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan has attributed the victory of the Grand Alliance in Bihar to “misinformation” about RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s comments on reservation and the “fear created among the minorities” following the lynching of a Muslim man in Dadri.
Speaking to the media for the first time after NDA’s drubbing in the Assembly polls, the Union minister said: “… It is true that Grand Alliance leaders were to a large extent successful in misleading people with the help of that (RSS chief’s) statement. That became a major issue. They were able to convince people that if the NDA comes to power in Bihar, reservation will be done away with.”
He said that after Bhagwat’s statement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah and Paswan himself had repeatedly told voters that reservation would not be abolished but seemed to have failed to convince the people.
Paswan also said that following the Dadri incident, the Grand Alliance was successful in convincing the minority community that they would not be safe if the NDA came to power.
Besides, the decision of the Bihar CM to shift a number of castes from OBCs to Extremely Backward Classes (EBCs) and from EBCs to SCs/STs also led to consolidation of votes, the LJP chief said.