The BJP's Telangana unit Tuesday took exception to criticism against the party-led NDA government at the Centre that the move to provide quotas to economically backward sections was an "election stunt".
Unit president K Laxman Tuesday asked what did such parties do when they were in power.
"Some parties are speaking today. (They say) this is election stunt, the decision was taken in a political angle. The parties were in power.Why you could not do it?
Strange thing is, there are great people who sought not 10 per cent, but 20 per cent for poor in upper castes," he told reporters here.
Terming the NDA governments decision to provide quotas to the economically backward sections as 'historic' and 'courageous', Laxman said it would help in eliminating inequalities in the society.
Though the decision was not a new one made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, it was Modi who demonstrated courage to implement it, he said.
Though Supreme Court clearly said the court would have no objection to give reservation if it is proved that economically backward sections in upper castes are less in number in government jobs and educational institutions, the Congress did not act on it, he claimed.
Hitting out at Asaduddin Owaisi for his comments that the Constitution does not permit reservations on the basis of economic backwardness, Laxman said the AIMIM presidenthad sought increase of reservation (to Muslims) from four per cent to 12 per cent though religion-based reservation is not there in the Constitution.
"You (Owaisi) are unable to digest" when the government tried to remove inequalities without affecting the existing quotas, he said.
The TRS government in Telangana, which had proposed increase in quotas for backward Muslims, should not provide reservation on the basis of religion, Laxman said.
About BJP MLA Raja Singh's comments that he would not take oath with Mumtaz Ahmed Khan of AIMIM in the Chair as the pro tem Speaker in the Legislative Assembly's first session after the Assembly polls, Laxman said the MLA would speak on the issue.
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