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Reservation controversy: Lalu says BJP will face Bihar-like defeat in UP polls

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PATNA: RJD chief Lalu Prasad today mounted heavy attacks on RSS for advocating for ending the current caste-based reservation policy saying the move would prove costlier for the BJP in the UP assembly elections. India’s most populous state goes to polls next month.

“Reservation is a constitutional right, and not a gift provided by the casteist organization like RSS. Weaker sections of the society know how to keep under control the forces trying to snatch reservation,” Prasad told the media today.

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Subtly warning Prime Minister Narendra Modi for its fallout, Prasad said they should now be ready for poll disaster.

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“We defeated the BJP badly in Bihar assembly elections but they failed to take lesson. Now, the remaining lessons will be taught in UP polls,” he declared.

The RJD chief was reacting to observations by RSS spokesperson Manmohan Vaidya who at a literature festival in Jaipur advocated for abolishing reservation system saying this has failed to yield desired results all these years.

Almost similar remarks by the RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Bihar polls eve last year had cost the BJP dear as saffron party was able to win only 53 seats out of state’s total 243. Now, similar observation by another RSS official is likely to damage the BJP’s poll prospects again.

Major secular parties like Congress, JD-U, RJD and SP have already begun making this a major poll issue finding in it a God-sent political opportunity.

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