Congress calls move a gimmick, but supports quota bill

The Opposition has hit back at Modi government after Union Cabinet approved a 10 per cent reservation in jobs and educational institutions for economically backward section in the general category. Calling the proposal a joke, the Opposition said that the move was just a ‘chunavi jumla’ since the general elections are right round the corner.

Adding that the BJP was afraid to lose in the 2019 polls, Congress said that the quota proposal was a gimmick to fool people. 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.

Both the BJP and Congress have issued a whip to party MPs to be present in Lok Sabha, tomorrow. The bill is expected to witness a smooth sailing in the Lok Sabha, as the Congress has extended its support to the bill. The Rajya Sabha session was extended for one more day, Wednesday for passage of the bill.

The reservation benefit is likely to be availed by those whose annual income is below Rs 8 lakh and have up to five acres of land. Articles 15 and 16 of the Constitution will have to be amended to implement the decision. The decision is being viewed as Modi government’s trump card in the run-up to the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that the CPI(M) has been raising this demand for long. “They had been trying to destroy the reservation system. We have always demanded this reservation for financially backward classes in the upper caste. Now that finally they have taken this decision, it is a welcome step,” the CM added.

“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,” West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said.

“Reservations are meant to correct historical injustice to Dalits. For poverty alleviation, one may run various schemes but reservations are meant for justice. Constitution doesnt permit reservations on economic grounds,” the All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi said.

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