Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejaswi Yadav, who has been entrusted to run the party by his father and party chief Lalu Prasad Yadav while he spends his time in a jail in Ranchi, speaking at a function in Patna on Wednesday to mark the 20th death anniversary of Jangi Singh Chowdhary, demanded an increase in reservation to 70% in all jobs, appointments, and school and college admissions in Bihar.
Bihar should follow the example of Tamil Nadu that recently raised the percentage in reservation to 70, the former Deputy Chief Minister said at a function organized by the 'Nonia' community at Patna's Sri Krishna Memorial Hall.
He, however stopped short of raising reservation within his own party to 70% saying the RJD would offer 60% reservation to Mahadalits and other Extreme Backward Castes from from district to block level of the party structure.
Yadav, who, like his father, faces a number of corruption cases involving amassing properties through illegal means, appealed to the voters to consider Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's age saying while Kumar had maybe five or six years of politics left in him, he would be on the political scene for at least another 50 years.
"You should not think about people like Nitish Kumar but consider young leaders like us who will be here for the next 50 years," Yadav said.
He also appealed to the Nonia community not to waste their votes in other parties and instead help make RJD stronger that would give them what they have always wanted.
Declaring Nitish Kumar as the 'Chief Minister of the bureaucrats', the RJD leader and Lalu's heir-apparent said that Kumar had always opposed the reservation policy of former Chief Minister Karpoori Thakur and had no time to listen to those who had been forgotten by the current administration.
Snubbing the Chief Minister on his praise for the latest budget as announced by the Narendra Modi government at the Center, Yadav said that instead of making human chains on issues like child marriage and prohibition, he should have been forming human chains on problems like massive unemployment and special status for Bihar.
"Even we would support him on these issues," he said.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS