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Politics
Modi sys, he will never allow quota on religious lines
26-10-2015

Buxar: Facing allegation that the Centre was out to scrap the reservation at the RSS’ behest, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday tried to turn the tables on the grand alliance, accusing the RJD, JD (U) and Congress of conspiring to deprive the existing quota beneficiaries (SCs, STs and OBCs) of their share by deducting 5 per cent of it to offer to people on the basis of religion.

“When discussions were held in the Constituent assembly under Rajendra Prasad and Bhim Rao Ambedkar, it was unanimously decided that reservation would not be given on the basis of religion. But the grand alliance leaders are conspiring to extend the facility to particular religious groups,” he said and added any such move would lead to the curtailment of existing benefits for the socially and economically backward sections as the apex court has ruled that quota cannot exceed 50 per cent.

“I will not let such a plot succeed even if it involves sacrificing my life,” Modi thundered while addressing a rally in favour of NDA candidates in Buxar district, which will go to the polls on October 28.

Training guns on the alliance for its alleged attempts to divide the society on religious lines, Modi called the tie-up among RJD, Congress and JD (U) an ‘opportunistic alliance’ for power. He questioned the Congress for joining hands with RJD and JD (U) which opposed the Bill on reservation for women. “Today Nitish and Lalu are talking of reservation. It was the RJD and JD (U) which opposed the Bill when it was introduced in Parliament by Congress-led UPA government,” Modi recalled, trying to corner Nitish who has promised 35 per cent reservation to women in government jobs.

Attacking Nitish’s party for patronising corrupt people, Modi asked why the government is not acting against corrupt ministers and MLAs. “A Bihar minister was seen taking money a few days back. Now a JD (U) MLA is seen in a video not only accepting money and counting it but also demanding more to fix a deal,” he said.

Making strong pitch for development at Buxar and Siwan, Modi again talked of the Rs 1.25 lakh crore special package he has announced for Bihar and also promised to release the Rs 40,000 crore promised by the previous government at Centre. He referred to the mega road projects and a power plant that will change the face of Bihar.

Pooh-poohing Nitish for promising computers to youths, Modi raised the issue of non-availability of electricity in many parts of the state. “Bijli ke bina computer chalegi kya? Logon ko yeh bhi pata hai ki apke computer mein Lalu virus chipka hai. Lalu virus wala computer nahin chahiye kyonki woh phir jungle raj, daman aur utpidan lekar ayega,” Modi said and promised to construct a four-lane highway from Siwan to Nepal border with an investment of Rs 4,000 crore.

Calling Siwan ‘crime capital’, Modi said the grand alliance tickets for election in Siwan were decided from jail. “If they win, they would be seen paying respect to their godfather in jail rather than working for people of Siwan,” Modi said in a veiled attack on the alleged patronage extended by the powers-that-be to incarcerated ex-MP Mohd Shahabuddin of RJD.