Rationalization of reservation reflects double standards of Govt: BSP

BSP leaders at a press conference at Jammu on Sunday. —Excelsior/Rakesh
BSP leaders at a press conference at Jammu on Sunday. —Excelsior/Rakesh

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Feb 2: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), while criticizing the J&K UT Government for rationalization of reservation in J&K as per Reservation Act of 2004 of erstwhile J&K State has alleged that this reflected the double standards of the Government.
BSP J&K president, S R Majotra while talking to reporters here, today put a question mark on Government’s decision and asked when all Central laws are being extended to J&K why not the Central Reservation Policy?.
He said for reservation to economically weaker sections (EWS), Government has adopted all India pattern but for SC and OBCs it has adopted local reservation policy which is a clear violation of principle of “One Nation -One Reservation”.
He said OBC people were granted 27 percent reservation in all States of the country in 1993 but two percent in J&K because of Article 370. Thus State OBCs could not get the benefit of reservation at par with rest of the country. After the J&K State has been converted into UT, there is no reason to keep OBC people deprived of their right of 27 percent quota, he added.
He said similarly, benefit of reservation in promotion to SC is going on in rest of the country but not in J&K. All this has exposed Anti Reservation Policy of Government, he added.
Majotra said that BSP has supported the Reorganization Bill in the Parliament with hopes that Government will deliver justice to all sections of society on pattern of national policy. It was hoped that 26 year old issue of OBCs and issue of reservation in promotions for SCs will automatically be resolved with conversion of State into UT but it is unfortunate that it did not happen, he added.
He said in view of this the BSP condemned and rejected the Reservation Policy adopted by Government of J&K UT which is irregular, biased and unconstitutional. The BJP has betrayed the SC, ST and OBC people of J&K and BSP is going to take up this issue in a big way, he added.
He said for getting the uniform reservation policy at par with other UTs of the country, BSP will launch agitation for legitimate rights of weaker sections.
Charanjeet Chargotra, State vice president BSP, Som Nath ex MLA and its general secretary, Jagdish Verma, general secretary, and other leaders of the party were present in the press conference.