Touch Reservation at Your Own Peril; Says Upendra Kushwaha

RLSP leader and Union Minister Upendra Kushwaha holding a press conference in Patna on Wednesday.

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Patna: Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) President and Union Minister Upendra Kushwaha, during a press conference in Patna on Wednesday, admonished the upper caste people saying protesting against reservation was not a winning formula for them.

"It (protest against reservation) is going to hurt upper caste more than anyone else. The way political rhetoric is escalating in Bihar, we hope things don't become the way they were before 2005. I humbly, with my hands folded, pray to the people of upper castes not to oppose reservation in India," the Union Minister for State for Human Resources said.

Saying his party will always oppose those who tried to take away the rights of the backwards and Dalits, Kushwaha said that the Dalit community was far away from getting its fair share despite India being free for the past 70 plus years.

The RLSP leader whose dream of becoming the Chief Minister of Bihar one day is not a secret to anyone, said that no one could suppress the voice of his party by means of threat or coercion.

"We are going to organize a massive 'Halla Bol, Darwaza Khol' rally in Delhi on May 20th to demand for reservation in the Supreme Court and High Courts around the nation. Then we will organize similar events in Patna and other state capitals to press for our demands," he said adding he held the Supreme Court responsible for recent social unrest in the nation.

"The judiciary recently announced certain decisions that are clearly anti-backwards and Dalits. It is my belief that until reservation is introduced in the judiciary, people from lower castes cannot expect to get a fair deal in the society," he said denying the rally was against the Supreme Court itself.


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