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No move to review quota policy: Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi made it clear on Monday that his government had no plans to revisit the reservation policy for Dalits and other communities, and accused his opponents of spreading “untruths” over the issue, not just during his tenure, but even when Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the PM.

Mr. Modi was speaking after laying the foundation stone for a memorial for B.R. Ambedkar in New Delhi.

Last year, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, in an interview to Organiser , underscored the need to review the reservation policy. Early this month, RSS general secretary Suresh Bhaiyyaji Joshi said during the Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha meet in Nagaur, Rajasthan, that reservation should not be available to affluent sections.

Mr. Modi said no one in his government had suggested that such a review would be considered, an enterprise that would be impossible, he said, “even if Ambedkarji were to appear today”.

“Nothing has happened to reservation for Dalits, tribals, when we are in power, but still lies are being spread to mislead people. When Vajpayeeji became PM, a campaign was run, saying reservation would be abolished. He was PM for two terms and nothing of that sort had happened. The BJP has ruled Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Punjab, and Haryana for many years, and the policy was not altered. Yet, untruths are being spread. People who are only interested in politics fail to come out of it,” he said.

“As I said earlier, even if Ambedkarji appears today, he cannot snatch this very right of yours. What are we before Babasaheb?”