"BJP is mask of RSS...they do not have guts to go against RSS," RJD president Lalu Prasad said while speaking at a function of a national private TV channel here. Prasad said BJP was putting a defence against the RSS chief's suggestion on reservation 'to contain the damage in the Bihar polls... but nobody is buying their defence because it's well known that BJP is merely mask of RSS'.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar also made a scathing attack on the BJP and RSS over the issue and dared the NDA government to withdraw the reservation for deprived castes. "BJP is a political organisation of RSS. The ideology of RSS is the ideology of BJP. This was evident from the fact that Prime Minister and other ministers participated in the three-day RSS programme in Delhi recently... RSS chief reflects the thought of BJP," Kumar added.

Both Lalu Prasad and Nitish Kumar spoke in favour of reservation which was ensured under constitutional provisions and appealed to OBC, SC, ST community to come out and thwart the designs of RSS and BJP.

"If the section getting reservation wastes even one vote in favour of such people it would mean they are axing their own leg," Kumar told reporters emerging from the programme. Prasad termed BJP and RSS as 'anti-backward', saying this was reflected through Bhagwat's suggestion.

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