Coming out all guns firing against BJP’s s ideological mentor Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) for its comments on quota, Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar sneered the “RSS is like the Supreme Court for BJP”.
Kumar called the comments of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat “dangerous and extra-constitutional”. “The RSS has said in an interview to Panchjanya that it wants an extra-constitutional authority to decide who gets reservation. What dangerous proposals… not Parliament, nor public mandated panel,” said Kumar.
“When the RSS says something, it is the final word. What aukat does the BJP have in front of the RSS?” said Kumar.
“The BJP is a political outfit of RSS and swayamsevaks and pracharaks are part of this government. Whatever Bhagwat has said is final and there is no other go,” he said.
The RSS chief’s comments on quota has caused a political storm, especially in the election campaign-charged Bihar.
In a clarification within hours, the BJP said it supports the constitutional quota for the SCs, STs, OBCs, backward classes and extremely backwards classes. The party said, it “believes that quota is vital for the social, education and economic development of these groups”.
Dismissing the BJP’s clarification, Kumar said, “Amit Shah or his party’s statements don’t matter. He will lose Bihar and they will remove him.”
Kumar’s alliance partner Lalu Prasad Yadav also criticised the reservation comment and tweeted that PM Modi must clarify “if he will finish reservations at his master Bhagwat’s bidding”.