BJP flays Lalu for his remarks against upper caste
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Last Updated: Monday, August 30, 2010, 21:22
Patna: The BJP today flayed RJD supremo Lalu Prasad for his remarks that no upper caste leader can become Bihar Chief Minister given the success of his social justice agenda during 15 years of his party's rule in the state.

"Nobody has a right to make a sweeping statement on others' right or qualification to hold elected posts," national BJP leader Dharmendra Pradhan told reporters here.

Prasad has intentionally made the remarks against upper caste to create wedge between various caste groups for electoral benefit in the forthcoming assembly polls, Pradhan said adding it also reflected the narrow outlook of a leader of Prasad's stature.

Addressing RJD activists here yesterday Prasad said no leader from forward communities could dream of becoming Chief Minister of the state.

Pradhan, who is also the co-incharge of the state unit BJP, alleged Prasad was making contradictory statements vis-a-vis the upper castes as he had earlier proposed to provide for 10 per cent job quota for them if the RJD-LJP combine got elected.

Contrary to the casteist politics being played out by the principal opposition alliance, the NDA firmly believed in the development agenda, the senior BJP leader said.

On the seat sharing formula between the coalition partners, the BJP and JD(U), Pradhan said the two parties will contest as many seats as they had contested in October 2005.


First Published: Monday, August 30, 2010, 21:22

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