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RJD for Dalit Muslim quota

The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) on Saturday said it is in favour of reservation for Dalits among Muslims and other minority communities.

india Updated: Sep 16, 2007 03:05 IST
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The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) on Saturday said it is in favour of reservation for Dalits among Muslims and other minority communities. The party said it also wants a 10 per cent quota for the poor among the upper castes.

RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav said he would take up the cause of Dalit Muslims and others for whom the party wants reservation with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. “Our struggle will continue till we achieve our goal,” he said. He was speaking to reporters after the party’s national executive meet ended here on Saturday.

Though the RJD chief brushed aside possibility of a snap poll, he said the party is always ready to face the electorate. The party, which lost power in Bhar two years ago will hold a Chetavni (warning) rally in Patna on October 28 to protest against the law and order situation in the state, he said. “The state government has failed on all fronts,” an RJD leader said.

On the Indo-US nuclear deal, Yadav said: “The nuclear deal is in the interest of the nation."

He criticised the BJP for using Ram Setu as an excuse to whip up Hindu sentiments. He praised Congress President Sonia Gandhi for directing the government to take immediate remedial steps.

“Lord Rama did exist. We have faith in Rama, Krishna, Rahim, Paigambar and Christ, which perhaps the BJP does not have,” he said.

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