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GA partners question Modi cabinet’s decision for 10% quota for upper castes

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PATNA: The Grand Alliance (GA) partners in Bihar on Monday questioned the intention of the NDA government shortly after Union Cabinet approved 10 per cent reservation for economically backward class people in general category in jobs and educational institutions.

The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) and the Congress party which are the partners in the GA wondered over the timing of the union cabinet’s move for reservation to the upper castes while also attacking the centre for its failure to keep secure the interests of the socially backward castes.

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“Reservation is not the means to lift the economic standard of the people,” wondered RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav who is younger son of RJD chief Lalu Prasad.

“Moreover, if the upper castes who roughly account for 10-15 percent of the total population are given 10 percent reservation, then 85 percent population coming from the backward and Dalit community should be given 90 percent reservation,” he demanded.

The RLSP adopted similar line. “The government should have first worked in the interests of the OBC/SC and ST community. Although the OBC has been given 27 percent reservation in government jobs, hardly about 7 to 8 percent people from this community are government jobs,” RLSP chief Upendra Kushwaha said.

The Congress’s observation was no different. It said had the government been serious about providing reservation to the upper castes, the centre would have done it earlier.

“Tomorrow is the last day of the Parliament and today, the union cabinet is announcing reservation to upper castes. This is nothing but joomla,” Congress leader BK Hariprasad told the media today.

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