Thanking Modi for 2018 blunder on OBC lists?

Kashmir Times. Dated: 8/1/2021 12:42:29 PM

NEW DELHI, Jul 31: The Congress on Saturday ridiculed the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for congratulating Prime Minister Modi for the Constitutional amendment under Article 338 in 2018 to set up the National Commission for Backward Classes to take care of the Other Backward Classes (OBC).

Its senior spokesman Abhishek Manu Singhvi told a Press conference here that the BJP is misleading the public to cover up the government's blunder, harming the interests of the OBCs. He said the government is trying to correct the blunder by amending the law that extinguished the state governments' power to draw up the OBC lists.

He said the problem could have been avoided if the Modi government had accepted a unanimous demand of the Opposition to clarify in the law that it would not wipe out the states' power to add or delete names of the communities from the state OBC lists.

That was not done because of the government's arrogance despite then Social Justice Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot (now Karnataka Governor) assurance in reply to the debate in 2018 that the government has no intention to deprive the states of that power, he said, noting that the Supreme Court could not find any provision in its Maratha reservation ruling to allow the states draw up the OBC lists.

Singhvi ridiculed the government now claiming that the error in the law will be rectified with the help of the opposition parties to nullify the recent majority judgment of the Supreme Court that the states do not have powers on the declaration of the list of the OBCs and that only the Centre can do it, with the recommendations of the national commission it had created.

Of course, the Congress and the Opposition wanted it in 2018 and they will certainly correct the anomaly created by the government because of its refusal then to accept the gross error in the law, Singhvi said.

He said the question should be asked who was responsible for the adverse judgment of the Supreme Court that could have been avoided by a one-line clarification in the amendment that it doesn't take away powers of the states.

Meanwhile, the Congress leaders said PM Modi also tried to show off that his government is pro-OBC by lauding an announcement on Thursday on 27% reservation to the OBCs in the central list of the All-India quota seats in the state-run medical and dental colleges, besides 10% quota to the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) in addition to 49.5% reservation to the SCs, STs and OBCs.

They said Modi lauded the move through his tweets to impress on the OBC voters who count the most in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections early next year, without realising an admission in the announcement that his government had denied the mandatory 27% reservation to the OBCs all these years.

The OBC students who could not get into the medical and dental colleges against the OBC quota may move the courts for granting them admissions with retrospective dates, a Congress leader underlined.



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