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Cong questions timing on Modi govt's move on quota for poor

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

Raising questions about the timing on the Centre's move to provide 10 per cent quota in government jobs and education for "economically weaker" sections, K C Tuesday termed it as "lollipop" to the people of the country.

Also demanding a joint parliamentary committee to investigate alleged irregularities in the Rafale deal, the MP from said, "Rafale scam" will be a major issue during the parliament polls.

"has announced reservation, it isgood, we welcome it..but at the last minute, after ruling the country for four-and-half years you are giving this lollipop to the people of this country, now," said.

"We are not opposing, we are supporting, but we are saying they should have brought it bit earlier, because they are bringing ahead of election.

To implement this a constitutional amendment is required, it has to be passed with a two thirds majority in the parliament, it also has to be passed by at least ten assemblies, where is the time for itnow?" he asked.

In a major move ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, the Monday had cleared a 10 per cent quota in government jobs and education for "economically weaker" sections, meeting a key demand of upper castes, a staunch BJP support base which has shown signs of a drift from the party.

A constitutional amendment bill in this regard was also tabled in the parliament on Tuesday.

Pointing out that reservation for economically backward was mentioned in the manifesto during the previous parliament polls, said, "but we did not get majority."

Hitting out at the on the Rafale deal, he charged that Congress Rahul Gandhi's pertinent questions on the issue had been unanswered by the government, and the gave "incorrect" statement in the House.

"This is a clear case of corruption; we are seeking JPC to inquire into it..they (BJP) don't want JPC because they are frightened about some of the files in the Defence Ministry," he added.

Pointing out that the calls himself "chowkidar", the Congress said, "but people are now asking questions about the transparency of "chowkidar."

He said the Congress will not leave the Rafale issue and added it will be major issue during the Lok Sabha polls, because the Centre has cheated the people of Karnataka, the HAL, and youngsters of this country.

"We will not leave this issue, we will go to the people and tell them about it," he added.

Venugopal termed it as a "direct slap" on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's face while referring to the Supreme Court verdict Tuesdayreinstating as CBI and setting asidethe Centre's decision divesting him of his powers and sending him on leave.

Modi had last month accused the Congress of misleading farmers on loan waivers, saying its governments had handed out lollipops instead of what was promised.

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First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 19:40 IST