1. Nitish Kumar to back caste-based reservation agitations to halt PM Narendra Modi’s victory march: Report

Nitish Kumar to back caste-based reservation agitations to halt PM Narendra Modi’s victory march: Report

Nitish Kumar, Bihar Chief Minister, aims to project himself as an alternative to Prime Minister Narendra Nodi in 2019.

By: | Updated: October 31, 2016 6:21 PM
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Nitish Kumar, Bihar Chief Minister, aims to project himself as an alternative to Prime Minister Narendra Nodi in 2019. Taking into account his activities after getting re-elected as the Bihar CM last year, there is no doubt about his PM ambition. Now a report says that the Bihar CM’s strategists have started the exercise of uniting various backward communities to cobble up a caste and social-based coalition to ensure that Kumar emerges as the main opponent of PM Modi in the 2019 General Elections.

For this purpose, they plan to bring together the backward castes and others such as Kapus, Gurjars, Patidars, Ahirs, Jats, Marathas, Vokkaligas, Kurmis and Muslims. A report in the Sunday Guardian (SG) says that “primary thinking” of Kumar’s strategists is to follow the “Mandal mantra” of caste-based reservation, revive and galvanised it to their benefit.

In the last 10-15 days, the report says that leaders of several backward communities and others, including Hardik Patel of Gujarat, who is leading an agitation for reservation to Patels, the All India Jat Mahasabha, Rajasthan Gurjar Arakshan Samiti, Vokkaliga Sangh have asked Kumar to lead their agitations across the country. Hardik sent a letter to Kumar last week, inviting him to visit Gujarat. Kumar also responded positively by saying he would visit Gujarat next week, according to the report.

Not only his supporters and strategists, Kumar has also given hints of his plan for the future. Recently at the National Council meeting of JD(U) at Rajgir, Kumar had said India was facing an agrarian crisis which has forced the once prosperous agrarian castes, such as Jats in Haryana, Patidars in Gujarat and Marathas in Maharashtra, to demand reservation benefits. The SG report says that this was Kumar’s way of “sending feelers” to the affected communities to join him for a better future.

The report quotes JDU general secretary KC Tyagi as saying the large pro-reservation rallies that are happening in different parts reflect that many communities and castes are not in a good condition. “Members and leaders of these communities have called upon Nitish Kumar to lead their agitation. This is going to go beyond Mandal.”

While Kumar would visit Gujarat after the New Year’s celebrations to extend his support to Patidars, he will take part in a similar programme for the Vokkaligas in Karnataka in the second week of November. Kumar is also expected to visit Delhi to attend a meet of the All India Jat Mahasabha, which wants to felicitate him for extending his support to their reservation demands.

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    Sk
    Nov 1, 2016 at 7:37 am
    Mr Nitishkumar, now everyone understands what is your capacity, even in your dreams also, you can not be prime minister of India, first u address the number of issues in bihar which are your creations, and then think of coming outside of bihar
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    Sastry
    Nov 1, 2016 at 6:31 am
    One more waste fellow of india is getting ready to trouble our sincere PM
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    Srikanth
    Oct 31, 2016 at 6:52 pm
    Oh god ... Please save this country from this fanatical mind set...
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    Diwakar
    Oct 31, 2016 at 2:36 pm
    Mungeri lal ka sapna
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    Sree Gowda
    Nov 1, 2016 at 3:53 am
    British, please stop dirty caste politics.. first try to bring Bihar forward with other states...then think of PM...ilneed to stop day dreaming...You should remember, your own state people did not support your party during 2014 elections...I have sympathy about you, because still you have not analysed yourself where you will be in 2019....
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    saan joee
    Oct 31, 2016 at 7:50 pm
    Does Nitish Kumar know Mathematics. If we start reservation for all those who are demanding, the reservation quota may go beyond 100%Stop dividing the country on caste based politics. Make policies to support economically weak people not by caste. Power hungry politicians like Nitish are taking the country to dogs. Let's throw them out. ✌ JAI HIND
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    Manoj
    Oct 31, 2016 at 2:15 pm
    Can we just burn this man alive?
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    Ashish
    Oct 31, 2016 at 4:25 pm
    Chacha kitna neeche jaoge
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    Prem Bansal
    Nov 1, 2016 at 7:17 am
    Nitish is turning like kejariwal. He is dreaming. He should first improve Bihar . I suggest him go join BJP if like to servive as Bihar CM. No match to NaMo.
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    Vikram
    Nov 1, 2016 at 2:00 am
    Siasat mein chalta hai bhatije. Jitna neeche jauga utna hi bhala hoga mera aur mere yaaro ka. Bura maat manna.
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    Vikram
    Nov 1, 2016 at 2:05 am
    This is engaging in divisive politics at the behest of his Congressi and bandit leftists friends. Pity we are still struggling with the insution of caste demon when Ambedkar himself acknowledged that reservation could not be the solution and had to go. We need to bring good education to all, not reservation to all. Product of reservation produces what we have seen at JNU and some other insutions and mediocre quality people who will keep India backward for centuries to come.
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