Assembly election defeat led BJP to pass 10 percent reservation: Omar Abdullah

New Delhi | Taking a dig at the Union government’s decision of 10 percent reservation for economically weaker sections of Upper castes, National Conference leader Omar Abdullah said that the step is taken after the defeat in the assembly elections.

Speaking at an event, Abdullah alleged that BJP doesn’t actually intend to give reservation. He said,” Only after defeating in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Telangana, BJP remembered to give reservation after 4.5 years. They actually don’t intend to give reservation.” Terming it a political stunt before the Lok Sabha election with a motive to impress the Upper caste voters, Abdullah said, “If the bill doesn’t get passed in Parliament BJP will say, we tried,but Parliament didn’t pass it.”

In a major move ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the Union Cabinet on December 7 cleared a 10 percent job and education quota for “economically weaker” sections of upper castes. The proposed reservation will be over and above the existing 50 percent reservation enjoyed by the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and the Other Backward Classes, taking the total reservation to 60 percent.

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