Mon. Feb 26th, 2024


With the Lok Sabha elections slated to be held inside six months within the nation, the Mahagathbandhan authorities below the management of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in Bihar, put the BJP on the again foot with two main achievements.

While the primary feather within the Nitish Kumar Government’s cap was the profitable caste survey, the second was reservation as much as 75 per cent for EBCs, OBCs, SCs, STs and 10 per cent quota for the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) within the higher castes.

Now, it appears just like the leaders of the JD(U) and RJD will make methods solely on these traces to defeat the BJP and different NDA leaders.

Neeraj Kumar, MLC and chief spokesperson of the JD(U) mentioned, “EWS reservation is not implemented in 12 states of the country. I want to ask BJP leaders why there is 10 per cent reservation for EWS people in General Category in Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Lakshadweep, Sikkim, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Puducherry and in Chandigarh?”

“In India the Constitution drafted by Baba saheb Ambedkar is implemented and reservation is the right of the poor of the country, ” Kumar mentioned.

Reacting to Neeraj Kumar’s declare Arvind Kumar Singh, senior chief and spokesperson of the BJP mentioned, “Neeraj Kumar is speaking about reservation in northeastern states however he doesn’t know that the utmost inhabitants of these states is tribal. The Narendra Modi Government has given 80 per cent reservation to them and therefore the JD(U) chief speaking about 10 per cent reservation in EWS General Category is only a political gimmick.

“Neeraj Kumar is making an attempt to analyse the caste equations of all the nation on the premise of Bihar which isn’t smart. Does the Bihar Government have the center to provide 100 per cent reservation within the state? The reply is ‘no’. They can not give 100 per cent reservation and should not have the center to provide reservation in line with the populations of explicit castes.

“In many states like Himachal Pradesh, Rajputs come below the OBC class. Similarly, in lots of states Kurmi individuals are thought of higher castes. So no matter, Neeraj Kumar is saying will not be proper. He is doing a political gimmick in Bihar to mislead the folks and get their votes. Elections can’t be received via deceit.”

Why do quotas matter for the JD(U) in Bihar?

In the 2020 Assembly elections, the JD(U) was within the third place and the largest cause for this was the truth that EBC votes have been minimize by leaders like Chirag Paswan.

This time, too, Chirag Paswan represents Dushadh (Pasi) voters in Bihar and so they have an enormous inhabitants. Jitan Ram Manjhi is one other chief who represents the Musahar neighborhood. Upendra Kushwaha and Samrat Choudhary symbolize the Koiri caste which is the core vote financial institution of Nitish Kumar.

JD(U) leaders have restricted choices of intruding into the Dalit and Mahadalit vote banks and therefore reservation as much as 75 per cent may show to be a trump card for Nitish Kumar within the Lok Sabha elections.

The occasion is projecting Dalit leaders like Ashok Chaudhary and Ratnesh Sada and organising occasions like ‘Bhim Sansad’ in Patna to provide a message to Dalit and Mahadalit communities that Nitish Kumar is a trusted chief for them and 75 per cent reservation is an instance of it.

The 10 per cent reservation within the higher caste EWS class is for the straightforward cause that higher caste folks in Bihar are the core voters of the BJP.

The state authorities additionally is aware of the power of the EWS within the higher caste via the caste-based survey. So, the JD(U) is hoping {that a} sizable variety of the voters within the higher caste EWS would develop into silent voters of the JD(U) within the Lok Sabha elections and the Assembly polls in 2025.

What is Nitish Kumar’s greatest problem?

The greatest problem for the Nitish Kumar authorities, are the folks residing Below the Poverty Line (BPL), as their quantity could be very excessive. As per the caste-cum-economic survey, 25 per cent folks below the General Category have a month-to-month revenue of Rs 6, 000.

While 23 per cent have a month-to-month revenue between Rs 6, 000 to Rs 10, 000 and 19 per cent folks have incomes between Rs 10, 000 to Rs 20, 000, virtually 16 per cent of the inhabitants has an revenue between Rs 20, 000 to Rs 50, 000 and 9 per cent folks have an revenue of greater than Rs 50, 000.

In Other Backward Castes, 33 per cent folks have a month-to-month revenue of Rs 6000 and 29 per cent of them have a month-to-month revenue between Rs 6000 to 10, 000, whereas 18 per cent have an revenue between Rs 10, 000 to twenty, 000 and 10 per cent folks have an revenue between Rs 20, 000 to 50, 000 and 4 per cent of them have revenue above Rs 50, 000 per 30 days.

In Extremely Backward Castes (EBC), 33 per cent earn Rs 6000 per 30 days, 32 per cent folks have an revenue between Rs 6000 to Rs 10, 000, whereas 18 per cent get between Rs 10, 000 to Rs 20, 000 and eight per cent earn between Rs 20, 000 to Rs 50, 000 and simply 2 per cent have revenue above Rs 50, 000 per 30 days.

In the Scheduled Castes, 42 per cent folks earn Rs 6000 per 30 days, 29 per cent folks have revenue between Rs 6000 to Rs 10, 000 month-to-month, 15 per cent folks have revenue between Rs 10, 000 to Rs 20, 000 whereas 5 per cent folks have revenue between Rs 20, 000 to Rs 50, 000 and 1 per cent folks have revenue over 50, 000 per 30 days.

In the Scheduled Tribes, 42 per cent folks have revenue of Rs 6000 per 30 days, 25 per cent have revenue between Rs 6000 to Rs 10, 000 and 16 per cent have revenue between Rs 10, 000 to Rs 20, 000 whereas 8 per cent earn between Rs 20, 000 to Rs 50, 000 and a pair of.53 per cent recover from Rs 50, 000 per 30 days in Bihar.

An skilled’s take: Dr Sanjiv Mishra, former Principal Chief Controller of Accounts, CBIC, Union Finance Ministry, mentioned, “The current caste-cum-economic survey signifies that a lot of folks in each class, together with higher castes, EBCs, OBCs, SCs and STs have a month-to-month revenue of as much as Rs 6, 000 per 30 days. How will a household reside in simply Rs 6, 000?

“The state authorities must current a blueprint of the way it will improve the earnings of people. I additionally need to level out that the state GDP in 2011-12 was 2.57 per cent and it has elevated to 2.75 per cent within the final 10-11 years. So, the image is gloomy right here and it wants severe pondering on the way to implement insurance policies for the betterment of the widespread folks of Bihar, particularly the BPL class.”

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