NDA should promise quota for upper caste, minorities: Mishra
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Last Updated: Wednesday, October 13, 2010, 18:47
  
Patna: Former Bihar Chief Minister Jagannath Mishra on Wednesday suggested that the ruling NDA should promise reservation for poor among the upper caste and minorities thereby utilising nine per cent of the quota previously earmarked for tribals in Bihar.

Talking to reporters here, Mishra said the tribals in Bihar enjoyed one per cent reservation at present against 10 per cent extended to them before a separate state of Jharkhand was carved out in 2000.

"It will be better if rest of the nine per cent of quota for tribals is being utilised and made available for upper caste (four per cent) and minorities (five per cent)...I suggest that ruling NDA should promise reservation for them," Mishra, thrice Chief Minister of Bihar, said.

Describing as "cruel joke" RJD supremo Lalu Prasad's promise to provide 10 per cent reservation for poor among upper caste, he said, Prasad when he became Chief Minister in 1990, rescinded the Karpoori formula of reservation.

He claimed that the then Chief Minister Karpoori Thakur had provided three per cent reservation for poor among the upper caste in government jobs.

Showering praise on the NDA rule led by Nitish Kumar, Mishra said the alliance would stage a comeback "to complete its unfinished agenda of development."

He claimed that the Congress would "not fare well" in Bihar this elections.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, October 13, 2010, 18:47


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