New Delhi: A days after Union Cabinet approved 10 per cent reservation in government jobs and education for economically weaker upper castes, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati on Tuesday said that the government’s move is good but the intention behind it is not.
Calling the government’s decision a political stunt, the BSP chief and former Uttar Pradesh CM said,”The decision taken by the government is good but the intention behind the decision seems to be not good. It looks more of a political stunt as it has come ahead of Lok Sabha elections. It would have been better has the government taken the decision earlier.”
She also said that her party decided to support the bill, which is likely to be tabled in Lok Sabha on Tuesday. Social Justice Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot is likely to introduce it in Parliament.
Besides BSP, Opposition parties including the Congress, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Trinamool Congress, targeted the government over the move. Taking a jibe at the Modi government, senior Congress leader and former Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawat said,”Bohot der kar di meherbaan aate aate, that also when elections are around the corner. No matter what they do, what ‘jumlas’ they give, nothing is going to save this government.”
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said, “The government should extend Parliament session and bring constitutional amendment immediately. Else it is merely an election stunt.” The Samajwadi Party said the decision was meant to “fool” people and pointed out how the BJP was yet to deliver on its other promises.
Earlier on Monday, the ruling party had issued a three-line whip to all its MPs to be present in the House when the Constitution amendment bill is introduced.