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10% quota to fetch electoral gains to NDA: Paswan

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Union Minister and (LJP) on Thursday said the decision to provide 10 per cent reservation in jobs and education to upper castes would help the NDA in the upcoming election and that the opposition parties' objection to the Constitution Amendment Bill was just a pretence.

"People are happy because of the quota. If people are happy, there will be (electoral) benefit," he told the media here.

He made an appeal to people to bring back the NDA government to power for "the historic step" taken by providing quota to the economically weaker section from the upper castes.

Paswan said the had struck down a similar move in 1990s by the saying there was no provision for reservation on economic status and had asked for suitable constitutional amends.

"Now, there has been an Constitutional amendment. I do not think the will object to it," he said.

Soon after the national government is voted back to power in the upcoming polls, the amendment bill would be placed in the Ninth Schedule of the Constitution to make it immune from judicial scrutiny, he added.

All parties had given quota promises in their manifestos for 2014 elections, so the objections raised by the opposition parties to the bill was just "a pretence".

"They were nervous and agitated on how Modi got a big catch. They wanted an excuse. Why did they vote in the favour of the bill if they had objections?" he asked.

had also got nervous when was implemented, he added.

He took a dig at opposition parties, particularly the Rashtriya (RJD), for opposing the bill and said these parties want "confrontations in the society".

Paswan asked why Congress-ruled governments which had Prime Ministers belonging to the upper castes, failed to bring a quota for general category.



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First Published: Thu, January 10 2019. 21:00 IST