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Mixed reactions, questions on timing as govt announces quota for upper castes

AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi said the constitution does not permit reservation based on economic status

Monday January 7, 2019 11:17 PM, ummid.com News Network

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New Delhi: The Modi government's decision to provide 10 percent quota to Economically poor people from the upper castes has received mixed reactions. While the BJP and its allies have hailed the decision as historic and a masterstroke, CPI, AIMIM and other opposition parties have called it an election jumla.

The Opposition also said the move is a self-goal by the present government. They also said that the 10 per cent from 50 per cent will leave only 40 per cent for general category who will feel cheated.

The Congress party on the other hand has supported the decision but has questioned its timing. The Modi government's move has come just few months before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

"Just 100 days are left for elections and Mr Modi now remembers the economically weaker sections [EWS] of the society", Congress spokesperson Randeep Sujrewala said.

"The government accepted in the Parliament that there are 24 lakh vacant posts, that have not been filled by the Modi government. We are in favour of reservation in jobs, but the youth of the country are asking when will they get the jobs," he added.

Reacting on the Modi government's decision, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said, "My question is that in the name of elections can a government cheat people or ditch unemployed youth? They've to clarify whether it will be implemented or not and if it is constitutionally and legally valid or not."

In his reactions, Prakash Ambedkar, leader of Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh (BBM), said, "Realising that they have lost in 3 states, the government is now playing with the administration. The 10 % reservation was introduced by the Narasimha rao government as well but it was turned down by the court."

AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi said the constitution does not permit reservation based on economic status.

"Reservations are meant to correct historical injustice to Dalits. For poverty alleviation, one may run various schemes but reservations are meant for justice. Constitution doesn't permit reservations on economic grounds," he said.

On the other hand, BJP vice-president Vinay Sahasrabuddhe described the reservation for upper castes as a step to widen the social justice net.

"Congratulations to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the historic decision of extending job quotas for economically weaker sections. A commendable step widening the social justice net and underscoring the inclusive approach of the government," he said.

BJP general secretary Kailash Vijaywargiya said the decision has opened a new chapter in the history of social change.

Applauding Modi for the decision, Union Minister of State for Social Justice and BJP's ally RPI(Athawale) leader Ramdas Athawale described the decision as a masterstroke which could end the difference between the upper and lower caste.

"The issue of reservation caused a lot of conflict between Dalits and Savarnas. My demand has always been for 25 per cent reservation for the upper caste poor, 10 per cent is a good initiative. It is a masterstroke and Modi is a strong batsman," Athawale, who is a Dalit leader from Maharashtra, said.

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