Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday said that nobody has power to abolish the reservation, which was made to help the marginalised section and to join them in social mainstream.
Addressing Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Scheduled Caste (SC) workers of his party from the Magadh region at a conclave, he said that those who are making an attempt to abolish the reservation only wish to give rise to tension in the society.
“I wish to make it clear that nobody has the power to do away with reservation. People like us are ready to make all sacrifices for this cause. Those who speak of such things have never had any role in bringing in reservations,” Nitish Kumar said.
“Some people wish to give rise to tensions and differences in the society. Ambedkar’s (draft of) Constitution was approved by the Constituent Assembly. The provision for reservation was made to help the marginalised sections join the social mainstream,” Nitish Kumar quoted by PTI as saying.
In the conclave, Kumar said that his Janata Dal(U) party has introduced reservation for SCs in village panchayats in 2006 and reserved 50 per cent quota for women.
Besides reservations, Kumar also spoke at length about the various schemes undertaken by his government for the welfare of repressed people including Dalits, minorities and other weaker sections of society.
Urging the people of Bihar, Kumar said that, we should take inspiration from the life of Mahatma Gandhi and the philosophy of Lord Buddha, who is believed to have attained enlightenment near Gaya.