"BJP does not favour any change in the reservation policy, rather it supports the existing quota policy. We are committed to keeping inviolable these constitutional rights given to the Dalit, Tribals, backwards and others," he said in reply to questions on the controversy stoked by RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat's remarks last month calling for review of the reservation policy.

Secular Alliance leaders, Prasad and Kumar, have latched on to Bhagwat's 'review quota policy' demand, telling the sizable backward and dalit communities during Assembly election campaigning that BJP will review or scrap the policy.

Under attack on the issue, Shah clarified that he and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have repeatedly said the existing quota policy was there to stay and the BJP has no intention to fiddle with it in whatsoever manner.

Shah even went as far to outrightly deny that the RSS chief had ever demanded review of reservation policy.

He accused Kumar and Yadav of trying to turn Bihar Assembly elections into a a battle between backward castes and upper castes and added that BJP has 'made a poor man's son the Prime Minister'.

On several writers returning Sahitya Academy awards or resigning from its posts to protest against the 'atmosphere of intolerance' in the country, Shah said that BJP has no role in either the Dadri lynching incident in Uttar Pradesh or rationalist writer MM Kulburgi's murder in Karnataka.

Both the incidents took place in states not ruled by the BJP, he said adding Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka are being ruled by Samajwadi Party and Congress respectively.

Shah said it was for the respective state governments to deal with it as law and order is a state subject.

If the writers have been returning awards, the onus lies on Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka governments, he said.

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