DNA of BJP, RSS to end SC/ST reservation: Rahul

Umakant Lakhera. Dated: 2/11/2020 12:39:06 AM

'It's a treason'

NEW DELHI, Feb 10: Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday slammed the BJP government of Uttarakhand for its stand in the Supreme Court against the constitutional right of reservation to Dalits and Tribals.
"These rights were acquired with a lot of struggle and sacrifices to make India a better nation. A big conspiracy to snatch away the rights of the deprived one by one. What can be a bigger 'deshdroh (treason)' than this," he asked in a twitter post. Earlier Rahul asserted that Uttarakhand's BJP government had engaged the lawyers arguing (in Supreme Court) that reservation is not a fundamental right and said "so it is their DNA to try and erase it."
He told reporters in the Parliament House precincts here this trial balloon of the BJP to get a favourable judgment and then use it to remove the reservation granted to SCs and STS in the constitution will never succeed. "We will not allow reservation to be done away with, no matter how much Modi Ji or Mohan Bhagwat dream of it."
What else was the motive of the Uttarakhand government in contending in the Supreme Court that there was no fundamental right to claim reservation in appointments or promotions in public posts, and there was no constitutional duty on the part of the state governments to provide reservations, Rahul asked.
"The RSS and the BJP cannot stand the idea that Dalits, tribals and OBCs have reservations. They wake up every morning and this (reservation) irritates them, except that it is in our Constitution, and these rights are guaranteed by our Constitution," Rahul said.
He asserted that they have attempted to remove reservation in one way or the other, and cited the examples of destruction of the Ravidas temple and the government's actions on the SC/ST sub-plan. He said this attempt of getting an Apex Court verdict that suits it will fail as did another verdict on the law against atrocities against SCs and STs. The Modi government was forced to pass a law to nullify the effect of the Supreme Court's verdict in the atrocities cases, Rahul underlined.
Elaborating on the BJP's continuous assault on the Constitution, he said: "Reservation is an important part of the Constitution which is under assault. All institutions are being destroyed, we are not allowed to speak in Parliament and judiciary is pressured. So institutional structures are being destroyed and the main pillars of our Constitution taken down one by one," Rahul said.
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, his sister and Congress general secretary, also tweeted: "Understand the way BJP wants to scarp reservation. First the RSS makes statement against the reservation policy, then Uttrakhand government appeals to the Supreme Court that reservation is not the fundamental right.
"The UP government also makes mockery of the reservation policy and this is a design from the BJP and the RSS. First, they make the SC/ST law weak and then they go against the principle of equality given in the Constitution."

 

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