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BJP allies laud 10% quota for upper castes as 'masterstroke' ahead of polls

BJP general secretary Kailash Vijaywargiya said the decision has opened a new chapter in the history of social change

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 


Hailing the government's decision to give 10 per cent quota to "economically weaker" sections from the general category, the BJP and its allies Monday termed it a "historic" step and "masterstroke".

described the reservation for upper castes as a step to widen the social justice net.

"Congratulations to for the historic decision of extending job quotas for economically weaker sections. A commendable step widening the social justice net and underscoring the inclusive approach of the government," he said.

said the decision has opened a new chapter in the history of social change.

Applauding Modi for the decision, Union for Social Justice and BJP's ally RPI(Athawale) leader described the decision as a masterstroke which could end the difference between the upper and lower caste.

"The issue of reservation caused a lot of conflict between Dalits and Savarnas.

My demand has always been for 25 per cent reservation for the upper caste poor, 10 per cent is a good initiative. It is a masterstroke and Modi is a strong batsman," Athawale, who is a Dalit leader from Maharashtra, said.

Another BJP also welcomed the decision and termed it as historic.

BJP leader and for Social Justice said the proposed law will help economically weaker upper caste sections whose annual earning is lower than Rs 8 lakhs and who possess less than 5 acres of land. It will not affect reservation of other categories, he added.

First Published: Mon, January 07 2019. 19:26 IST