Patna: Bihar governor Lalji Tandon and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday paid tribute to former Bihar Chief Minister Karpoori Thakur at his life-statue located within the state Assembly premises and later at the Karpoori Museum where a number of NDA leaders Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi and senior officials were present.
“His life-long struggle to ensure social justice for all is legendary. Unfortunately, he died at the young age of 64 otherwise he was certain to be the Prime Minister of India,” Kumar said in his speech at a function at Sri Krishna Memorial Hall in Patna.
Continuing to shower praise on Thakur, a veteran social justice advocate and an early proponent of caste-based reservation, the Chief Minister, obviously with Lok Sabha elections on his mind, said that he was in favor of raising the percentage in reservation that, according to him, should be based on caste ratio instead of a fixed percentage for all.
“In order to achieve this goal, the 2021 census should be based on caste consideration. The 2011 census that was based on social, economic, and caste factors was so flawed and full of errors that it is no wonder it was never released by the government. By counting people based on their caste, it would become clear which caste has large population and which caste has small and that would be go a long way in formulating a new reservation policy,” the Chief Minister said.
Kumar, whose party is part of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led NDA in Bihar, said that those who were responsible for creating communal hatred and causing unrest in the nation would be punished by the voters in the coming elections.
He also slammed the current state of social media saying all it did was spread rumors and create social unrest in the nation.
“You should spread positive news about the state and not just rumors and inuendoes,” Kumar, who is known for his liking for government-sponsored propaganda otherwise dubbed as ‘social message’, said.
The Chief Minister then praised his administration for ‘restoring Bihari pride’ since coming into power in 2005.
“There was a time when Biharis were ashamed to admit they were Biharis. Today they proudly proclaim where they are from. I achieved this by restoring law and order in the state. People say a lot of negative things about me but I do not care about them because I have and will continue to work for the development of every class without any discrimination for anyone,” he said.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS