Bihar Speaker demands reservations in judiciary for backward classes

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Nagpur, Oct 21 (UNI) Bihar Legislative Assembly Speaker Udaynarayan Chaudhari today demanded reservations for backward classes in the country's judiciary, and called for the creation of separate constituencies for them in the country.

Speaking at the 51st 'Dhammachakra Pravartan Din' celebrations here this evening, Mr Chaudhari said the atmosphere was still not conducive for reservations in the judiciary inspite of the fact that a large number of people's representatives belonged to backward classes.

''This is probably because of the fact that those who represent reserved constituencies are not elected merely on the strength of the backward class votes. Non-backward class votes also contribute to their victory. Once elected, they represent the entire constituency and do not remain the representatives of a particular class,'' he said.

As a result, the backward class voters could not ask the representatives what they had done for their brethren, Mr Chaudhari said.

It was, therefore, necessary to have separate constituencies consisting exclusively of dalit and tribal voters, he added.

''Dalits and tribals will not get justice until we have separate constituencies for them. Until that happens, the underprivileged sections cannot ask the representatives what they had done for dalits and tribals,'' the Bihar Speaker said, but did not elaborate what concept he had for the separate constituencies.

Mr Chaudhari also expressed regret that there were still no reservations in the private sector. All the backward classes must sink their differences and put up a united fight for the right, he asserted.


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