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UP: Cong promises quota within quota for most backward classes

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Eyeing the most backward classes (MBC) votes in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh, vice president today said his party would give the community quota within quota if voted to power.

Party General Secretary told reporters that Gandhi gave this assurance today to party leaders from the Most Backward Castes in at a meeting here.

Azad, who is party affairs in-charge in Uttar Pradesh, said Gandhi assured the leaders that the party would include the promise in its manifesto and implement it if voted to power.

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The leader lamented that only a section of the backward classes have accrued most of the benefits of reservation while the most backwards or extremely backward classes remain laggards.

In an apparent dig at SP supremo Yadav, Azad said benefits of reservations have gone to only some dominant castes in the state while the most backward castes have been neglected.

There have often been accusations that the rule in the state have helped the dominant Yadav community gain the most.

Azad said Congress has been instrumental in bringing reservation within reservation for the most backward classes in 10-odd states, including Karnataka, and Maharashtra.

Replying to a question as to how much of the 27 per cent reservation for the backwards will go to the MBCs, he said a high-level panel would go into the issue in a time-bound manner to suggest modalities, as had happened in some states earlier.

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First Published: Sat, October 15 2016. 17:48 IST