Patna: Leader of the Opposition Tejashwi Prasad Yadav on Saturday took a dig at chief minister Nitish Kumar for his comment that nobody dare touch the quota issue.
Tejashwi said Nitish had stolen “my father” Lalu Prasad’s dialogue while sitting in the lap of a party (read BJP) that is “anti-reservation” and “anti-Dalit”.
“There is a programme going on next to this hall, being attended by Nitish Kumar ji and Ram Vilas Paswanji,” Tejashwi said. “I’ve heard Nitish ji saying nobody dare touch reservation. I must say that during the Assembly elections in 2015 when Mohan Bhagwat had said there was need to review quota, my father had said that kisi mai ke laal mein aarakshan khatam karne ka dum nahi (No one has the guts to remove quota). Nitishji has now stolen my father’s line.”
Nitish and Paswan were at Bapu Sabhagar during a programme on B.R. Ambedkar’s birth anniversary, a few metres from S.K. Memorial Hall where the RJD had organised a function in which all senior RJD leaders, including newly election Rajya Sabha MP Manoj Jha, were present.
Attacking Nitish on the quota issue, Tejashwi said: “Anand Hegde, a Union minister from Nitish’s alliance partner, said the BJP is in power to change the Constitution and the same Nitish is with the BJP. If the Constitution is changed, reservation will automatically get finished.”
Tejashwi also asked Nitish why he kept Ram Vilas Paswan out of the Mahadalit category and later included him. “Nitish ji is trying to become Paswanji’s well-wisher,” Tejashwi said. “When I was deputy chief minister, I went to Champaran with Nitish ji in a chopper and the Dalit-Mahadalit issue cropped up. Nitishji said Paswan ji was trying to become a Dalit leader, taking pride in the Dalit votes he commanded. So he created the Mahadalits and confined Paswan to being leader of just one caste.”
Tejashwi said it shows the mentality of Nitish, who does not want to see anyone going ahead of him.
Tejashwi also attacked Nitish over a statement on social media that Nitish always talks about the RJD hiring agencies for the party public relations. Tejashwi said it was Nitish who had hired Prashant Kishor and not the RJD.
Tejashwi urged RJD MLAs to open a Bahujan Library in their respective seats from their MLA fund and ensure books on B.R. Ambedkar, Karpoori Thakur, Jyotirao Phule and others are there.
Courtesy: The Telegraph