RSS is BJP’s Supreme Court, says Nitish Kumar
Patna: RSS chief Mohan
Bhagwat’s call for review of reservation policy faced more flak with poll-bound
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today dubbing it “dangerous” and used it to
attack BJP alleging that the party’s ideological mentor was “like its Supreme
The attack by the JD (U)
leader came even as key BJP ally Shiv Sena welcomed Bhagwat’s call and took
potshots at the saffron party for rushing to disown the views of RSS, saying
the party appears to be wary of an “electoral jolt” in Bihar. Hitting out at
BJP and RSS, Kumar, a senior JD (U) leader, accused them of being against
reservations and said the RSS was seeking to install an “extra-constitutional”
body to review reservations.
“It is clear that he
(Mohan Bhagwat) feels the current policy of reservation is not right and wants
some other system,” Kumar said, while reading out excerpts of Bhagwat’s
interview to RSS mouthpiece ‘Organiser’ and ‘Panchjanya’. “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,” he told reporters in Patna.
Questioning BJP’s stand on reservation, he said whatever the ruling party may
say it cannot go against the views of the RSS.
“The BJP has a
government at the Centre, which has repeatedly claimed that they are proud to
be Swayamsevaks. “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.
“The BJP is a political
outfit of RSS and Swayamsevaks and pracharaks are part of this government.
Whatever Bhagwat has said is final and there is no other thought,” Kumar said.
Shiv Sena said the politics of poll-bound Bihar must have been behind BJP’s
response to Bhagwat’s call. “Political parties who call themselves as saviours
of the victimised class have vehemently opposed Bhagwat’s comments.
Bhagwat, they have their eye set on Bihar polls. Even the BJP called a hurried
press meet and distanced itself away from his comments. It seems that the
politics of Bihar must have been behind BJP’s response to Bhagwat,” Sena said
in an editorial in its mouthpiece ‘Saamana’.
“Questions have now
been raised over BJP’s attitude towards the RSS,” it said. The Sena said
Babasaheb Ambedkar too had called for a review of the reservation guaranteed by
the Constitution after 10 years depending upon the prevailing circumstances.
Bhagwat had only supported Ambedkar’s views, it noted.
“BJP has distanced from
Bhagwat’s views for political reasons. But we (Sena) have nothing to do with
it. Bhagwat has only said what people feel and we welcome his stand,” the Sena
said. (With inputs from agencies)