Nitish releases alliance list of 242 candidates.
Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday named 242 candidates of his alliance for the Assembly polls, and launched a blistering attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party alleging it was “anti- reservation” and cannot but toe the line of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.Nitish said the joint list, with candidates of Janata Dal(United), Rashtriya Janata Dal and Congress, represents all sections of the society with 16 per cent from general category, 55 per cent backwards, 15 per cent scheduled castes & tribes and 14 per cent from the minority community.Wednesday is the last day for filing nominations for the first phase of polls to be held on October 12. Nitish claimed the coalition stood united as there were no differences unlike in the National Democratic Alliance and said the people of Bihar will give a befitting reply to the BJP as they were watching its “divisive” politics. Hitting out at the BJP and the RSS, he accused them of being against reservations and said the RSS, which was the ideological mentor of the BJP, was seeking to install an ”extra-constitutional” body to review reservations. ”It is clear that he (Bhagwat) feels the current policy of reservation is not right and wants some other system,” he said, while reading out excerpts of the RSS chief’s interview to RSS mouthpiece ‘Organiser’ and ‘Panchjanya’.Questioning the BJP’s stand on reservation, he said whatever the ruling party may say it cannot go against the views of the RSS.”RSS view is final. Whatever BJP might say, it has no meaning,” he said.Nitish claimed that the list of 242 candidates was prepared after long deliberations with alliance partners, who had authorised him to release the names jointly. He said candidate for one more seat will be announced in a day or two. The five-phase Bihar assembly polls starts on October 12 and ends on November 5 and counting will take place on November 8.