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Will Cong snatch OBC/SC/ST's quota to fulfill Patidar promise, asks Modi

In his earlier campaign speeches, the prime minister had urged the people not to be taken in by false promises

Press Trust of India  |  Lunawada 

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Questioning Congress' assurance of to community in Gujarat, Modi on Saturday said it will either have to "snatch" the share of SCs, STs, and OBCs or is making a "false promise" like it did on issue in several states.

"Either they (Congress) have to snatch it from others or they are spreading lies," Modi said in his first major direct attack on quota issue, which has rankled the especially after the agitation spearhead Hardik Patel backed the in the Assembly polls.

In his earlier campaign speeches, the had urged the people not to be taken in by false promises.

Addressing a rally in Lunawada town of Mahisagar district today, Modi said, "I want to ask the party... you gave a lollipop to the Muslims in all the states of the country that you will give reservations to that community.

"I want to ask my Muslim friends, have they given you reservations anywhere in the country? Has this not proved to be a false promise."

"Now, they have made a similar promise to another community here (in Gujarat). From where will they provide reservations. With they snatch it from the OBC, Adivasi (tribal) or SCs?" Modi asked.

Last month, quota stir leader Hardik Patel pledged support of his Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) to the for Assembly elections, saying the opposition party has accepted the demand of giving to his community in a "special category".

Patel, who led violent protests in support of the demand that left several people dead in police action, had said that the Supreme Court's cap of 50 per cent on was just a "suggestion".

First Published: Sun, December 10 2017. 00:14 IST