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Cong's OBC convention vote-bank politics: BJP

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The BJP today described Rahul Gandhi's address at his party's OBC convention as "vote-bank politics" aimed at "hoodwinking" the community for votes and asked him to clear his stand on the government's plan to accord constitutional status to the backward classes commission.

Ram Kripal Yadav, who hails from the Other Backward Classes (OBCs), said the opposition party had lost its votes in all sections of the society and its OBC outreach was driven by its concern over its diminishing support.

While Gandhi seemed concerned about the condition of the OBCs, he should say what did the governments do for decades, Yadav said, claiming that the Dalits and backward classes were the major beneficiaries of the dispensation's welfare schemes.

"After a long time, the and are remembering the OBCs. When they ruled the country and most of the states, they did nothing for them. This is nothing but He is trying to hoodwink them for votes by misleading them," the Union said.

Referring to Modi's OBC background, he said after a long time, had got a leader at the top who was working for the welfare of the community.

The Centre had brought a bill in Parliament to grant constitutional status to the for Backward Classes (NCBC), but stalled it in the Rajya Sabha, Yadav said.

"should make his position clear on whether he supports the constitutional status for the commission or not. Why is he silent?" he asked.

The welfare schemes of the Centre like "Mudra" and "Ujjwala", among others, have 70 per cent beneficiaries who are Dalits, tribals or OBCs, the claimed.

He said decisions aimed at the uplift of the OBCs were always taken by non-Congress governments, which had the support of the BJP, and cited the constitution of the and the implementation of its recommendations as examples.

Yadav claimed that Sardar Patel, who he said had led the backward classes, did not get due respect from and referred to the alleged neglect of Dalit icon Bhim by the party to drive home his point.

The OBCs account for a little over 50 per cent of the population of the country.

In his speech at his party's OBC convention, Gandhi said recognised the strength of the backward classes and wanted to empower them by bringing them forward in

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First Published: Mon, June 11 2018. 19:45 IST