The ‘Grand Alliance’ led by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday announced the names of its 242 candidates for the upcoming Bihar assembly polls. The announcement, which was made by the incumbent CM himself, was high on a message that the three-party alliance was united on all fronts. Nitish Kumar-led JD (U) is in alliance with Lalu’s RJD and the Congress party for the polls which begins on October 12.
The move to release a joint list of the candidates of all three allies assumes political significance with Nitish attempting to project a united coalition, a bit different picture from the NDA, where the allies chose not to hide their disquiet over the seat share.
Nitish Kumar also used the occasion to criticise the main challenger BJP, terming the party as “anti- reservation” over the recent remarks made by RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat “suggesting” the review of reservation policy.
“It is clear that he (Bhagwat) feels the current policy of reservation is not right and wants some other system,” Mr. Kumar said while reading out excerpts of the RSS chief’s interview to RSS mouthpiece ‘Organiser’ and ‘Panchjanya’.
The incumbent also claimed that the BJP cannot but toe the line of RSS which is “like its Supreme Court” to the party, adding that the latter was seeking to install an “extra-constitutional” body to review reservations.
“RSS view is final. Whatever BJP might say, it has no meaning. Like anything is decided by the Constitutional bench of the Supreme Court, it is final and there is nothing after that. The same way in RSS, if RSS chief says something then BJP has no say,” Nitish Kumar said questioning BJP’s stand on reservation, the issue which is fast becoming one of the talking point before the crucial polls in the state.
“Any amendment in Constitution can be done in Parliament. They want somebody other than the Constitution, an extra-constitutional authority, which should look into who should get reservation and how long… Not in the Constitution or in Parliament but in the hands of the elite committee. It is a very dangerous view. It cannot be accepted,” Nitish Kumar added further.
Besides, the incumbent Bihar chief minister claimed that the issue of development will be the main poll plank of the alliance and took a dig at the NDA coalition where differences among alliance partners were out in the open.
“People are watching BJP’s politics and will give a reply,” he said.
Earlier, releasing the joint list of JD (U), RJD and Congress candidates of the grand alliance, Nitish Kumar said it represents all sections of society with 16 per cent from general category, 55 per cent backwards, 15 per cent SCs/STs and 14 per cent from the minority community.
(With inputs from the PTI)