RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s statement on the reservation policy will dent BJP’s prospects in Bihar assembly polls, claimed Communist Party of India (Marxist) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury. Recently, the RSS chief had stirred a political debate by pitching for a review of the reservation policy. Bhagwat’s remarks have now become one of the talking points in Bihar Assembly polls, where BJP-led NDA is locked in a tough contest with incumbent Nitish Kumar-led ‘Grand Alliance’.
“This (the remarks) will certainly hamper BJP’s prospects as the party was also looking for support from Dalit population,” Sitaram Yechury told press in Nagpur during a political event.
“Barely three to four per cent of the Dalit population has benefited from the reservation policy since 60 years of independence,” the senior parliamentarian added.
In his remarks, which were strongly criticised by the host of opposition party leaders, Bhagwat had contended that the reservation policy has been used for political ends. The RSS chief had further talked about the setting up of an apolitical committee to examine who needs the facility and for how long.
“If reservation policy is criticised on the grounds that it hampers merit, there is also a question of allowing level playing field before that. However, a section of political leadership does not want the downtrodden to get a level playing field,” the CPI (M) general secretary said rebutting Bhagwat’s remarks.
Mr. Yechury also targeted the incumbent BJP over the incident in the outskirts of national capital Delhi, where an old man was killed by the mob over the rumours that he ate and stored beef in his home. The shocking incident, which took place last week, has been severely condemned by the political parties, civil society and even the retired members of the judiciary.
“Now in power, BJP through RSS is fast moving towards meeting its agenda of establishing a ‘Hindu Rashtra’ (Hindu nation). Dadri killing is an example, where Home Guards, spread the rumours. There have been deliberate attempts to create communal hatred all over the country as a part of vote bank politics,” Sitaram Yechury alleged.
“A similar attempt was made in Jharkhand to create an influence on Bihar elections,” Mr. Yechury alleged further.
The CPI (M) general secretary had come to attend a meeting organised by Republican Parivar, an organisation formed two months ago by the workers affiliated to different factions of Republican Party of India (RPI) – one of the constituents of the ‘Left front’.
The Left parties will be contesting the upcoming Bihar assembly polls under the banner of ‘Left front’, chiefly opposing the BJP-led NDA alliance.
(With inputs from the PTI)