Lalu Prasad's RJD dared the Modi government to scrap the quotas with a tweet, "If you have drunk your mother's milk (mai ka doodh), then have it scrapped, each would know his strength."
     
There was no official reaction from Congress yet to Bhagat's suggestion but in remarks that could raise eyebrows within the party, senior leader Manish Tewari questioned the relevance of reservation in the 21st century and said if it was required at all, the economic condition, and not caste, should be the basis for it.
     
BJP said it respected 100 percent the reservation rights of SCs, STs and other backward castes as it was essential for their social and economic development and empowerment.

"It is BJP's firm commitment since Jan Sangh days that reservation is essential for social and economic development and empowerment of SCs, STs, backward and extremely backward castes. BJP is not in favour of any reconsideration of reservation being extended to these groups," senior party leader Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters in Delhi.

Prasad, also Union Communications Minister, said a discussion was welcome on what further can be done for the poor and 'left over' backward communities who have not been able to reap benefits of development, while insisting that BJP was all for the existing benefits to continue.
    
"BJP indeed is very clear and very categorial that there is no need to reconsider reservation nor does BJP support it (such demand)," he said.

In an interview to RSS mouthpiece Organiser, Bhagwat had pitched for a review of the reservation policy, contending it has been used for political ends and suggesting setting up of an apolitical committee to examine who needs the facility and for how long.

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