Opposition Slams Nitish for Trying to 'Buy Dalit Votes'

Opposition leaders Shivanand Tiwari and Jitan Ram Manjhi.

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Patna: A day after Chief Minister Nitish Kumar announced monetary assistance to Dalit students who clear the preliminary test in the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) and Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC), opposition leaders in Bihar slammed him for 'throwing crumbs' before the Dalit community in an obvious attempt to 'buy' their votes.

Senior Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader and party spokesperson Shivanand Tiwari called the entire scheme an attempt to bribe Dalit voters realizing how fast he was losing their support in the aftermath of resignations of leaders like Jitan Ram Manjhi, Uday Narayan Chowdhary, and Santosh Kushwaha from the Janata Dal – U.

"Nitish Kumar is an experienced politician and he realizes he is fast losing the support of the Dalit community. Without their support, he cannot hope to cling on to power so he comes out with these schemes in a clear attempt to buy their votes," Yadav said.

Former Chief Minister and the leader of the Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM), Jitan Ram Manjhi also came out swinging hard against the JD-U leader saying Dalit votes were not for sale and his scheme to woo them will only backfire on him.

The Bihar Cabinet on Tuesday had approved a scheme in which the government would give Rs. 1 lakh to Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe students for clearing the preliminary exam conducted by the UPSC.

An assistance of Rs. 50,000 was announced for the SC/ST students clearing the preliminary exams in the BPSC.

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