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Chirag Paswan says well-off Dalits should give up quota; Twitter nods in support

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:50 IST

Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) leader Chirag Paswan has carved the way for a new political debate by suggesting that prosperous Dalits should stop availing benefits of reservations.

Justifying his statement, the son of LJP chief and union minister Ram Vilas Paswan said that this move will allow poor families to avail maximum benefits of reservation.

He told TOI, "In my opinion, people coming from decent financial background should leave reservation. That will help others from their community avail the opportunity to grow and do better. Actually, those who are in dire need of reservation will get the maximum benefit."

The first-time MP from Bihar also talked about the emergence of a casteless society and said that it is going to be his "ultimate goal" adding that he comes from "Bihar where caste scenario dominates politics. UP and Bihar will have to play a key role to achieve this goal."

Twitter backed Paswan's statement as many tweeted in support.

Here are some of the tweets:

First published: 12 April 2016, 2:41 IST
 
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