Fearing repercussions in the Bihar Assembly polls over Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat&’s call for reviewing the reservation policy, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday clarified that the party firmly supports the constitutional reservation for the backwards and extremely backwards classes.

“Right from the day of its inception and even before since the Jana Sangh days, the BJP firmly supports the constitutional reservation for the SC, ST, OBC, Backwards and Extremely Backwards classes,” party&’s office secretary Er Arun Kumar Jain said in a statement.

“The BJP firmly believes that reservation is important for the social, education and economic development of these groups. The BJP is not in favour of any reconsideration of these constitutional provisions,” he added.

The new controversy erupted after the RSS chief&’s interview to its mouthpiece ‘Organiser’ and ‘Panchjanya’.

In the interview, Bhagwat said, “Interest groups are formed because we have certain aspirations in democracy. At the same time, we should remember that through interest groups we should not strive to address those aspirations at the cost of others.

"We should have integral approach of welfare for all. It is sensible to realise that my interest lies in larger national interest. The government also has to be sensitive to these issues that there should not be any agitations for them."

“However, the BJP is of the view that if further measures are suggested for those who are economically and socially backwards, then the same is welcome,” Jain said.

Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav had on Monday dared the government to reconsider the reservation policy.

"I challenge the RSS and the BJP to end reservations," Lalu wrote on Twitter in response to the RSS chief’s suggestion to review the policy of reservation.

Lalu said 80 per cent of the country’s population was made up of Dalits and backwards who would oppose any attempt to do away with reservations.

"The RSS is talking about ending reservations and we are talking about increasing it on the basis of the population," he added.