The Centre has approved 10% reservation to economically-backward upper caste has put the opposition on the back foot. The opposition parties could neither oppose it, nor could they praise the government. The Congress, Samajwadi Party, RJD and others faced difficulty in formulating their first reaction after the news broke. According to some sources, the step could be a hugely emotive issue for many of the Indians of all ages, more so among upper caste youth eligible for jobs and their elderly parents.
The action taken by BJP government on Monday can change the views of an upper caste who was distancing itself away from the Modi government. Undoubtedly, the upper castes will now incline towards the BJP. Thus the action is described as a ‘monumental decision”. Some of the reports have emerged and pointed out that the upper castes were unhappy over the way the government had overruled the Supreme Court verdict on the SC/ST Act, especially after the recent Assembly election in the state of Madhya Pradesh.
It is equally difficult to publicly oppose reservation for the OBCs and continuance of the quota for SCs and STs for any political party. Similarly, in the current situation, no party can dare to oppose this constitutional amendment bill in Parliament as and when it is put to vote. If the bill is opposed by the Congress and its allied parties, then it will become a major election issue.
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