Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Aravind Kejriwal, who was among those who welcomed Narendra Modi government’s move to introduce 10 per cent reservations for weaker sections, is now seeing a deep rooted conspiracy behind this move.
In a Tweet, today, he pointed out a conspiracy theory that the government move wasn’t just aimed at helping the poor among general category aspirants for jobs and education but part of a far larger game plan to end caste-based reservations.
“I had spoken with many people and most of them feel that this is a BJP strategy (to end caste-based reservations). It is very dangerous,” Arvind Kejriwal tweeted, agreeing with Gujarat legislator Jignesh Mevani’s view.
Mevani had claimed to have interacted with some people from the RSS, the ideological mentor of the ruling BJP, who had spoken of how 10 per cent quota could be a starting point for ending caste-based reservations. Many people who responded to the tweets saw it as an attempt to rekindle a fear among beneficiaries of community-based quotas; scheduled caste, scheduled tribe and other backward classes.
A few years ago, it may be recalled that RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s reported comments seeking review of existing reservation policies had created lot of uproar. Those comments in 2015 had had provided ammunition to Lalu Yadav’s Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) that fought and won the election as part of a grand alliance with Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) and the Congress as partners. The three parties had then attacked the BJP for what they had called, was its “upper caste mindset”.