Upper caste reservation is election gimmick: Congress

Jan 07, 2019, 18:35 IST | IANS

Singhvi, among the first to inform on twitter about the cabinet's approval to 10 per cent reservation to economically backward upper castes, questioned whether the Modi government had the majority in Parliament to carry out the Constitutional amendme

Upper caste reservation is election gimmick: Congress
Rahul Gandhi

Citing the Supreme Courts cap of 50 per cent on the reservation, Congress MP Abhishek Manu Singhvi on Monday called the Modi governments to move of 10 per cent reservation for economically backward upper castes in jobs and educational institutions as an "election gimmick".

Singhvi, among the first to inform on twitter about the cabinet's approval to 10 per cent reservation to economically backward upper castes, questioned whether the Modi government had the majority in Parliament to carry out the Constitutional amendment.

"Did you (government) not think of this for 4 years and 8 months? So, obviously thought of an election gimmick 3 months before model code. You know you cannot exceed 50 per cent cap, so it is done only to posture that you tried unconstitutional thing," Singhvi said on Twitter.

"Forward reservation a gimmick to fool people, the 50 per cent cap continues to be law," he said, citing the M.R. Balaji case in which the Supreme Court put a 50 per cent cap on reservations.

"Government only misleading nation. Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan tried exceeding 50 per cent quota but were struck down by the court. Modi, BJP clearly think Indian public eats grass," said Singhvi, adding that the move was a sign of Modi's "fear and certainty of losing 2019 elections".

Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also, download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get the latest updates

This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Except for the change in the headline, the story has been provided "AS-IS," "AS AVAILABLE, without any verification or editing from our side. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever.

DISCLAIMER: mid-day and its affiliates shall have no liability for any views, thoughts and comments expressed on this article.

Kanpur: Upper caste community holds 'semi-nude' protest demanding reservation

This website uses cookie or similar technologies, to enhance your browsing experience and provide personalised recommendations. By continuing to use our website, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy. OK