Mayawati rakes up quota demand in private sector, promotions

Saturday, Mar 26, 2016,10:00 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

Lucknow | Asking Prime Minister Narendra Modi to rein in his partymen and RSS issuing misleading statements on reservation, BSP chief Mayawati today called for quota in private sector and promotions.

Instead of wasting time in giving clarifications, the prime minister should first rein in his party men, those in government and RSS who have been continuously giving misleading and wrong statements on the issue of reservation, she said.

Despite issuing clarifications, it is becoming difficult for people to believe him. It now appears to be a mere ‘jumla baji’ (rhetoric) like the promise of ‘achche din’ and Rs 20 lakh in the bank accounts to all individuals by bringing back black money, the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister said in a statement.

If Modi government really wants to have a change of heart and wants to do something concrete for Dalits, it should restore reservation in promotions, extend the facility in private sector and other sectors where it is not yet implemented and fill the backlog for reserved sections, she said.

Accusing both Congress and BJP of having manuvadi mentality, she charged them with not allowing earnest implementation of reservation in the past 68 years. Mayawati said people having the same narrow mentality are not talking about review of reservation by citing some shortcomings and this is an indication of extreme Hindutva ideology of RSS and BJP.

People having such a mentality should first apologise to the real offsprings of ‘Bharat Mata’, the Dalits and other backwards that they have not got the right benefit of reservation in the past 68 years, she said.

In order to divert attention from failures, announcements are being made on setting up memorials in the name of Dalit icon B R Ambedkar and people of the country, especially those in UP, Uttarakkand and Punjab should remain vigilant, she cautioned.

If Modi is really concerned for Dalits, he should bring reservation under the 9th Schedule of the Constitution, Mayawati said. The 9th Schedule of the Constitution provides immunity from judicial review.

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