“As per the existing provisions in the Constitution, the basis of reservation is social and education backwardness. Unless the Constitution is amended, the reservation will be provided only to socially and educationally backwards. As the constitutional provisions stand today, reservation cannot be extended to the upper castes,” JD(U) national general secretary (organisation) RCP Singh told reporters after the party’s state executive body meet here on Sunday.
Singh, however, hastened to add that his party leader and Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar has launched a series of schemes for development of members of upper castes in the state.
“Most of the schemes of Nitish Kumar’s government are meant for the members of all castes, including those hailing from the upper castes. Be it the chief minister cycle scheme, school uniform scheme or the student credit card scheme- all these schemes are meant for the members of all castes. Moreover, all schemes being undertaken under the Saat Nischay programme are meant for all castes,” Singh, who is considered no-2 in the JD(U) after Nitish, said. He was talking to mediapersons at JD(U) office here.
Responding to a question on seat-sharing among the NDA partners, Singh said the seat sharing with the BJP was in the final stage and it would be officially announced soon by the top leaders.
Flanked by the party’s stat president Bashishtha Narain Singh and several spokespersons, Singh also said that JD(U) would give priority to youth in ticket distribution for the forthcoming general elections.
He said in coming months the JD(U) would take up a series of programmes across the state to strengthen the organisation up to the booth level. Around 80,000 booth level agents would be appointed and given training on the party’s ideology.
“The JD(U) has altogether 30 cells. The party will soon organise a ‘political conference’ in each district to ensure proper coordination among all 30 cells,” he said and added, the party chief Nitish Kumar had given a directive to strengthen the organisation at Panchayat and booth level. “We will soon have a vibrant organisation in all 8,285 panchayats in the state,” Singh said.