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Reservation should be based on population, says BJP UP ally Apna Dal

Committee had in its recommendations to the state government favoured division of backward castes in 3 categories -- backward, 'ati picchda' (very backward) and 'sarvadhik picchda' (most backward)

Press Trust of India  |  Lucknow 

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Diverse views of allies (SBSP) and (Sonelal) in Uttar Pradesh on reservation to have become thorn in the flesh for the ruling party ahead of

While the SBSP has given 100 days' ultimatum to the to implement recommendations of a social justice committee on backward reservations, the (Sonelal) has raised questions on the basis of the report without caste census.

The committee constituted in May last year had in its recommendations to the state government favoured division of backward castes in three categories -- backward, 'ati picchda' (very backward) and 'sarvadhik picchda' (most backward).

"The recommendations of the committee cannot be implemented without caste census. The government should first do caste census and then implement any such recommendation.
 

The reservation should be according to 'jiski jitni sankhya bhari, uski utni bhagidaari' (based on population). And when the government has not done any census, how can it provide quota within quota," Union minister and (S) leader Anupriya Patel said.

"If without caste census, the government implements the recommendations, it will be seen as a move of the government to create infighting among backwards," she said.

On the other had, SBSP chief and cabinet minister Om Prakash Rajbhar said, "If the government does not implement recommendations of the report within 100 days, my party will leave the and contest on all 80 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh."

"BJP president Amit Shah had said that he would ensure reservation within reservation for backwards before Now hardly 100 days are left for the polls. We will adopt 'ekla chalo re' (march alone) path," he said.

account for about 44 per cent of the electorate in the state and play crucial role in making or marring political prospects of any party.
 

The recommendation of UP social justice committee to classify various OBC and Dalit sub-castes into three broad categories and provide quota within quota to them is likely to spice up the political scene ahead of the 2019 in caste-riddled Uttar Pradesh.

While two allies of the ruling BJP have expressed divergent views on its implementation, the state's main opposition Samajwadi Party sees it as a BJP ploy to divide castes for electoral benefits.

"The move is to split castes for political gains," SP MLC Rajpal Kashyap said.

The BSP has so far been silent.

The BJP, however, countered the remarks saying should not be seen in every policy decision.

"We believe in 'sab ka saath, sab ka vikas'," a senior BJP leader said.

In 2002, the then chief minister Rajnath Singh too had attempted a quota within quota for most backwards and most Dalits but the move failed after Singh's government fell soon after.

First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 15:25 IST
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