Patna: Bihar Congress leaders and members of the Youth Congress today held a sit-in here to demand that the Nitish Kumar government give four per cent reservation for the backward in the minority community in government jobs and educational institutions.
 
State Congress president Choudhary Mehboob Ali Kaiser and state YC president Lalan Kumar hailed the UPA government led by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for the four per cent reservation within the 27 per cent quota for OBCs for the uplift of minorities and to ensure improvement in their socio-economic condition.
 
Kumar demanded that the Nitish Kumar government must take a lesson from the Manmohan Singh government to provide 4.5 per cent reservations for the backward among minorities in government jobs and and in educational institutions.
       
"The Nitish Kumar government is aware of the plight of minorities and we will intensify the agitation to press for the demand," Kumar said.
 
"The Youth Congress will launch an agitation if the state government fails to make provision for minorities," Kumar warned at the sit-in at Kargil Chowk.
 
Kaiser and Lalan said that Congressmen would gherao the state assembly if the state government failed to concede their demand.
 
"The Nitish Kumar government is overlooking the problems facing the backward among minorities and it should take steps for their uplift," Kumar said.

(Agencies)