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Upper Caste 10% Reservation: Mayawati Welcomes Decision, Though Calls It A ‘Political Stunt’

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| January 8 , 2019 , 12:28 IST

BSP supremo Mayawati welcomed the BJP-led NDa government's decision to grant 10% reservation for economically weaker section of upper casts. However, she called it a political stunt by the government, while talking to ANI on Tuesday.

Mayawati said that the decision taken just a few months ahead of the Lok Sabha polls raises questions over the government's intention.

She also stressed that the reservation should be extended to the poor who belong to the various minority groups and demanded that reservation for SC/ST and OBC should be increased to 50%.

Senior lawyer and Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi questioned the timing of the move. He asked as to why the government did not think about this for four years and eight months and brought this just months before the model code of conduct coming into effect.

BJP MP Anurag Thakur lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the historic move. He said,. "I welcome the 10% reservation announced by the Centre for economically weaker sections of the upper caste. PM Narendra Modi's policies have helped to uplift the poor in the country."

The Modi government is likely to table a Constitutional amendment bill in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday with an objective to implement 10 percent reservation to economically backward upper castes in government jobs and educational institutions.

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The articles 15 and 16 of the Constitution will have to be amended for implementation of the Modi govt's proposed reservation for economically weak upper castes. This reservation will be over and above the existing 50 percent reservation.