The JD(U) on Sunday demanded immediate implementation of the Sachar Committee report and batted for Scheduled Caste status for Dalits among Christian and Muslims.
"It is unfortunate that the recommendations of the Sachar Committee have yet not been implemented. JD(U) demands that these recommendations are immediately implemented. Not only Dalit Muslims but Dalit Christians be also given SC status," the political resolution passed by the national executive of the party, a key ally of NDA, in New Delhi said.
Asked about BJP's opposition to this demand, senior JD(U) leader and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said, "We are a different political party. Their (BJP's) opinion could be different. But we will air our views."
The political resolution of the party while advocating for its twin demands called for "ending the injustice" to these communities.
Party President Sharad Yadav argued that religion can be changed but not the caste and recalled that Janta Dal had got reservations benefits for Dalits among Buddhists during the VP Singh's government in the past.
Demanding an end to the practice of implementation of the central government schemes in states, the party's resolution said, "The money spent in these schemes should be directly provided to the states and they should be allowed to run schemes according to their needs."
Yadav said poverty cannot be measured by calories and noted that the divide between the rich and the poor has widened in the five-year rule of the UPA.
He also felt that implementing the Sachar Committee report could be a way to tackle poverty.
The resolution also demanded money from the central government for rehabilitation of the Kosi flood victims and vowed to raise the issue of bringing back the Indian black money deposited in Swiss Banks back to the country.
It demanded the Centre to make the names of Swiss Bank account holders public. Yadav also attacked the UPA government at the Centre for "not doing anything" over the issue.
The party resolution also expressed concern at the "massacre" and "exodus of Tamils from Sri Lanka and condemned the alleged "excesses" by military dictators in Myanmar.
It demanded that the central government discuss with Nepal how to carry out jointly the massive plantation programme on rivers connecting India and Nepal to end the flood disasters.
The foreign policy resolution of the party expressed concern at the use of Pakistan's land for carrying out terrorist activities against India.
Highlighting the economic resolution adopted by the party, Yadav said the party feels that greater emphasis should be laid on agriculture.