"JD(U) fully supports the statement of BJP ally Apna Dal's MP Anupriya Patel in which she had made a demand for a separate quota for OBC," party general KC Tyagi said in a statement. (Agencies)
He said the demand that the bill for 33 percent reservation to women, which is being brought, should have OBC and SC/ST sub quotas in it is justified.
His remarks came after Apna Dal MP Anupriya Patel said in a newspaper interview that her party is in favour of separate sub quota for OBCs and SCs/STs in the bill that is being brought to provide 33 percent reservation to women in Parliament and Assemblies.
Patel is an MP from Mirzapur in Uttar Pradesh and her party Apna Dal was an alliance partner of BJP in the Lok Sabha polls.
While the bill was passed in the Rajya Sabha in March 2010 amid pandemonium after the use of marshals to evict the protesting MPs, it could not see light of the day in Lok Sabha.
It lapsed following dissolution of the 15th Lok Sabha.
The BJP-led NDA government affirmed its commitment to the Bill in President Pranab Mukherjee's address to the joint sitting of Parliament on June 9.
Tyagi said Anupriya Patel's demand shows that even the NDA is not unanimous on the issue.
He said BSP chief Mayawati, SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and others have also made similar demands in past.
Interestingly, the JD (U) had supported the UPA in ensuring passage of the bill in Rajya Sabha in 2010.
While JD (U) president Sharad Yadav had his reservations, the party backed it as former Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar had taken a stand to support the bill.
Seeking to explain the contradiction, Tyagi said that the JD (U) had then supported the bill brought by the UPA government in Rajya Sabha on the assurance that the concerns and needs of the deprived sections will be included.
"JD(U) fully supports the statement of BJP ally Apna Dal's MP Anupriya Patel in which she had made a demand for a separate quota for OBC," party general KC Tyagi said in a statement.