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BJP, RSS conspiring to end quota, says Congress

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi addressing the media at Parliament House during the ongoing budget session in New Delhi on Monday, February 10, 2020

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi addressing the media at Parliament House during the ongoing budget session in New Delhi on Monday, February 10, 2020   | Photo Credit: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

The Supreme Court on Monday upheld the constitutional validity of the SC/ST Amendment Act, 2018

The Congress on Monday accused the BJP and the RSS of conspiring to end reservation for the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes and the Other Backward Classes after the Supreme Court held quota in promotions could not be claimed as a fundamental right.

It also accused Minister for Social Justice Thaawarchand Gehlot of “misleading” the Lok Sabha and said it would move a privilege motion against him.

“The issue is that the RSS and the BJP cannot stand the idea that the Dalits, the tribals and the OBCs have reservation. It is in their DNA. They wake every morning and this irritates them, right! Except, it is in our Constitution and these rights are guaranteed by our Constitution,” former Congress president Rahul Gandhi told reporters in Parliament.

He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat might be “dreaming” of ending reservation, but the Congress would not let it happen.

“Understand the BJP’s bid to end reservation — RSS people consistently make statements against reservation. The BJP government of Uttarakhand makes an appeal in the Supreme Court to abolish the fundamental right to reservation. The Uttar Pradesh government also immediately starts tampering with the rules of reservation. The BJP first tried to weaken the law to curb atrocities on the Dalits and the tribals. Now, it is trying to weaken equal rights given to them by the Constitution and Babasaheb [Ambedkar],” party general secretary Prianka Gandhi Vadra said in a tweet.

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