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CPI(M) backs quota, AAP suspects motive

Some Opposition political parties have criticised the Cabinet nod for 10% reservation for the economically backward section in the general category as a political gimmick, announced with an eye on the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. However, others have responded with more caution, seeking time to examine the finer details of the government’s proposal.

Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav pointed out that reservation was not primarily intended to improve the financial condition, but to improve the representation of the socially backward people. “If the financial condition was to be improved, Prime Minister Narendra Modi should have given ₹15 lakh and jobs,” he told news agency ANI.

Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal said that if the government brought a Constitutional Amendment Bill to Parliament before the election, he would support it. “Otherwise, it will be clear that this is just the first of the BJP’s election stunts,” he tweeted.

Even within the NDA, there were some reservations. BJP MP Udit Raj was cautious in his praise. “This will open a Pandora’s box. Others will also demand reservation now,” he told ANI. “But we welcome the move.”

Lok Janshakti Party leader Chirag Paswan said, “I am happy the government took this positive move.”

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, backing the move, said: “We [CPI(M)] have always demanded reservation for financially backward classes in the upper castes. Now that finally they have taken this decision, it is a welcome step,” he told reporters.

Communist Party of India MP D. Raja told The Hindu, “They are doing it in haste in view of the elections. We have to examine the impact on SC, ST and OBC sections. It also has to stand up to judicial scrutiny.”

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