Bihar was declared a dry state in 2016 after chief minister Nitish Kumar assumed office.(Image source: Wikimedia Commons) Photograph:( Others )
Kumar was addressing Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) workers of his party, Janata Dal (United), from the Magadh region at a conclave
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday said "nobody has the power" to abolish reservation for repressed classes and those who make statements to this effect wish to give rise to tensions in society, reported news agency PTI.
Kumar was addressing Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) workers of his party, Janata Dal (United), from the Magadh region at a conclave.
"Some people wish to give rise to tensions and differences in the society. Ambedkar's (draft of) Constitution was approved by the Constituent Assembly. The provision for reservation was made to help the marginalised sections join the social mainstream," he said.
If there won't be reservation then how will those at the margins come to the mainstream? We will sacrifice whatever required, if needed, but no one has the power to scrap reservation, he added.
Kumar said his party introduced reservation for SCs in village panchayats in 2006 and reserved 50 per cent quota for women.