Patna,(Bihar Times): Going against the BJP, the senior partner in the NDA, the Janata Dal (United) has demanded immediate implementation of the Sachar Committee report and sought Schedule Castes status for the Dalit Muslims and Dalit Christians. The party took the resolution in this regard at the National Executive meeting in New Delhi on May 30-31.
The Sachar Committee submitted its report on November 16, 2007. It was on its recommendations that the Union government announced a number of scholarship schemes and coaching institutes for the minority students.
On the BJP's opposition on these issues the chief minister, Nitish Kumar, said that "we are a different party. We have our own social beliefs and commitments."
The party's national president, Sharad Yadav, is of the view that religion can be changed but not the caste. He recalled how the benefits of the Schedule Castes were given to Dalit who converted to Buddhism by the V P Singh government in 1990.
The party once again demanded special category status for Bihar and end to the practice of the implementation of the central government schemes in states. The money spent on these schemes should be directly provided to the states and they should be allowed to implement them according to their needs. The party felt that the poverty data is not correct and called for its redefinition.
The party put all the blames on the BJP for the debacle of the NDA in the recently held parliamentary election.
Meanwhile, the newly elected Hajipur MP, Ram Sundar Das, was on Sunday elected as the parliamentary party leader of Janata Dal (United). In the last Lok Sabha this post was held by Prabhunath Singh, who lost this time.