The JD(U) has stepped up organising its caste oriented meetings and conferences ahead of general election. The party in power for about 14 years in alliance with the BJP has once again started making all out efforts to win over the support of Dalits and EBCs. In this series the party held a Dalit & Mahadalit Sammelan here on Wednesday. Earlier a meeting of Kushwaha society had also been organised.
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar addressing the well attended Sammelan declared that no power on earth could snatch the reservation benefit enshrined in the Constitution which was authored by B R Ambedkar. “There are a lot of rumour mongering that the reservation benefit would be taken off but this is only a false propaganda by vested interestwho have nothing to do and only to creae confusion,” he said without elaborating.
The reservation policy, the CM added, was to help the marginalised sections and to bring them in mainstream and this policy could not be amended or diluted. “The country cannot prosper with the prosperity of a handful of people,” he said.
Nitish said when he came to power in 2005 the budget for the scheduled cases was only Rs 12.5 crore which has jumped to Rs 1,224 crore in 2018-19. The 12.5 per cent out of school children, mostly dalits, have been brought to schools, several hundred new schools opened and over a lakh teachers appointed for the educational push to dalit children.
“The neglected and oppressed class will not remain so,” declared Nitish and asked the society to remain united and maintain communal harmony at every cost for the larger interest of the society and the nation and development. He also claimed that the total prohibition enforced by his Government was bearing positive results in the society particularly the dalits and mahadalits where boozing was part of their culture and civilisation and the men were dying at lesser age.
“Do you know why no man with grey hairs in Musahar community is found?” asked former MLA Arun Manjhi. And he answered, because of death in this community at earlier stage due to boozing habit.
Earlier Sammelan convenor and JD(U) national secretary Shyam Rajak highlighted the works done by Nitish for the dalit society. He said he gave a sense of honour and dignity to the class by elevating their social status. The CM, Rajak said, has made a practice to invite the senior dalit villager to hoist flag on Independence and Republic Days very year in a remote village. This was the second dalit conference, the first being at Barh a couple of days back, and the brain behind the organisation is JD(U) top leader RCP Singh who has planned to hold such conferences across the State.