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BJP Not In Favour Of Reconsidering Reservation: Ravi Shankar Prasad

Under attack over RSS chief’s call for a reconsideration of quotas, BJP on Monday distanced itself from its ideological mentor, insisting it was against any such review as it sought to stave off Lalu Prasad’s attemts to rally the backwards around in high-stake Bihar polls following Mohan Bhagwat’s remarks. As the RJD chief attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, wondering if he will finish reservations “at his master Bhagwat’s bidding,” BJP said it respected 100 per cent the reservation rights of SCs, STs and other backward castes as it was essential for their social and economic development and empowerment. “It is BJP’s firm committment since Jan Sangh days that reservation is essential for social and economic development and empowerment of SCs, STs, backward and extremenly backward castes. BJP is not in favour of any reconsideration of reservation being extended to these groups,” senior party leader Ravi Shankar Prasad told a press conference. Read Here
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