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Implement Sachar panel report, says JD(U)

New Delhi, May 31
The JD(U) today demanded immediate implementation of the Sachar Committee report and batted for Scheduled Caste status for Dalits among Christians and Muslims.

“It is unfortunate that the recommendations of the Sachar Committee have yet not been implemented. The 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 the NDA, 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 could be changed but not the caste and recalled that Janata Dal had got reservation 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.”

The party also alleged that the central government’s schemes failed to achieve their targets.

“The Centre should focus on the subjects specified in the union list. I wonder why they are focusing so much on subjects of the state list. This is a temptation which people (the central government) should check,” Kumar said.

States should have the freedom to make their own schemes as different states have different requirements, he argued.

Kumar also demanded that the Centre should give subsidy directly to the beneficiaries in cash and there should be proper identification of the target beneficiaries.

He said instead of giving subsidy on foodgrains to the needy through Public Distribution System, the subsidy money should directly be credited in their account.

The party resolution also reiterated the demand for special state status for Bihar. “Bihar deserves a special package from the Centre under the special state status keeping in mind the level of poverty and status of private investment in the state,” the party resolution said.

Alleging that the statistics of poverty are not correct, the party also demanded that it be redefined and new statistics are prepared accepting the ground reality of the country’s poor.

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. — PTI



‘BJP responsible for NDA’s loss’

New Delhi, May 31
Losses of the NDA in the recently concluded Lok Sabha election dominated JD(U)'s two-day national executive meeting with party leaders pointing accusing fingers at BJP for the defeat.

“Some internal fights that happened in the alliance did cause losses to the NDA. The JD(U) also suffered losses. The concern was expressed in the meeting over this aspect and we will discuss how to solve whenever a meeting of the NDA takes place,” party president Sharad Yadav told reporters after the conclusion of the meeting today.

“The BJP is the biggest party in the alliance. Hence, definitely they are to be blamed more but they alone cannot be blamed totally,” Yadav said.

Yadav also felt that the kind of understanding that should have been in the alliance during elections was missing this time and recalled the “good-old days” during Vajpayee's time.

“There was an alliance but it was not like the one in past. The NDA was visible but only at few places not at all places. We should have focused on farmers in our election campaign as we had so many leaders from village background. But we did not go together at many places,” Yadav said.

Sources, meanwhile, said senior leaders in the meeting claimed that the NDA did not look a cohesive force this time, and state presidents of the party from states like UP, Bihar and Jharkhand hit out at the BJP for its "big brotherly" attitude. — PTI



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