Nitish-Lalu Had Demanded Religion-Based Quotas in 2005: PM Modi

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Nitish-Lalu Had Demanded Religion-Based Quotas in 2005: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today accused his rivals Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad of demanding a review of the reservation policy in 2005.

Katihar/Madhepura:  Fuelling further the bitter quota debate in Bihar polls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today accused his rivals Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad of having come together in July 2005 to demand a review of the policy to provide for religion-based reservation.

He also asserted that no political party in the country had the power to "take away and undo" reservation guaranteed to the weaker sections in the Constitution by BR Ambedkar.

"On July 23/24, 2005, when these two leaders were arch rivals and did not even see eye to eye, they had come together to demand a review of the reservation policy on religious basis, something the Constitution makers like Babasaheb Ambedkar, Rajendra babu, Jawaharlal Nehru, Vallabhai Patel had firmly rejected," said PM Modi

"...These people don't have any issues in the election and that's why they are raising the bogey of scrapping of the reservation every day which is totally false. No political party in the country has the power to take away or undo the reservation guaranteed to the weaker sections by Ambedkar in the Constitution," he said, addressing an election rally in Katihar.

Training his guns on chief minister Nitish Kumar and Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad, PM Modi said, "Today, when they have been caught (for purportedly having sought religion-based quotas), they are getting agitated and throwing at us the colour of communalism."

Holding the promise of development, PM Modi while addressing  poll rallies for the last phase of Bihar polls, launched a fresh attack on Mr Prasad and Mr Kumar, saying 'jungle raj' now has a twin brother in 'jantar-mantar' (black magic) and together the two will "spell doom" for the state.

Praising the people of the state, he said, "Bihar stands for brilliant, innovative, hardworking, action-oriented and resourceful" and voiced hope that the youth and women will help usher in change.

PM Modi again attacked Mr Kumar for his meeting with an occultist, saying, "People who practise black magic will not help you win elections. Only democracy has that power and not 'mantra-tantra'."

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