Besides the two controversial issues, the decision of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to shift a number of castes from Other Backward Classes (OBCs) to Extremely Backward Classes (EBCs) and from EBCs to SCs/STs also led to consolidation of votes in favour of the grand alliance, the
LJP chief said addressing his first press conference here after the Bihar drubbing.
Replying to a question about Bhagwat's remarks on quota review, Paswan said,"I do not think that this was the only issue. But this is true that the grand alliance leaders were to a larger extent successful in misleading people with the help of that statement. That became a major issue. They were able to convince people that if NDA comes to power,reservation will be done away with.
"We were not successful in convincing the voters from Scs and OBCs that it is not so, though all of us including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah clearly said that there was no plan to undo reservation system."

At the same time, he hastened to add that he was not in a position to say in what context, Bhagwat made the remarks or whether he was saying this in response to Hardik Patel's stir for reservation for Patels in Gujarat.

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