Sat. Jun 15th, 2024


PATNA: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav on Thursday backed RJD MP Manoj Jha‘s remarks made during a debate on the Women’s Reservation Bill in the Rajya Sabha, last week.
Yadav said that Manoj Jha did not say anything against ‘Thakurs’.
“Manoj Jhaji is a scholar. He has said the right thing. He did not say anything against Thakurs”, the RJD Chief said.
The poem titled ‘Thakur ka Kuan’, recited by Manoj Jha during a debate on the Women’s Reservation Bill in the Rajya Sabha last week, received brickbats from several leaders.
The poem was recited by Jha amid his demand to take into account the OBCs in the Women’s Reservation Bill.
Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) Chief Chirag Paswan said, “This is completely unfair. Such statements are creating dissatisfaction in society. It hurts the sentiments of people and the manner in which the top leadership is tight-lipped on the statement gives tacit support to this. We strongly condemn this”.
Meanwhile, JDU President Lalan Singh backed Jha’s remark stating, “The speech given by Manoj Jhaji is a testament in itself that it is not targeted at any particular caste. The BJP creates tension in society and attracts votes by instigating sentiments”.
The RJD has demanded security for MP Manoj Jha amid backlashes over his remarks.
In a letter to the Union Home Minister Amit Shah, RJD spokesperson Rishi Mishra said, “The threats being given to Rajya Sabha MP, Manoj Kumar Jha, are disconcerting. Among those giving threats, BJP MLA Raghvendra Pratap Singh has threatened to cut his neck. A former MLA talked about taking out his tongue and throwing it towards the chair (in the house). Former Minister Neeraj Singh ‘Bablu’ has also threatened to cut his tongue. Such statements filled with anger might pose a threat to the life of Manoj Jhaji. This must be under the cognizance of the ministry”.
“Manoj Jhaji is an intellectual, calm and civilized person who also bagged the award of the ‘Best MP’ for his intellect. It is the duty of the ministry to shield such a person full of distinctive talent. You are requested to provide the ‘Y’ category of security so that he can feel safe”, he added.


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