‘BJP won’t scrap reservation policy’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 07 Apr 2018 10:04:37




THE Modi Government will neither scrap the reservation policy nor allow anyone else to do so, BJP President Amit Shah asserted here on Friday, amid a raging controversy related to the alleged dilution of the SC/ST Act following a Supreme Court ruling.Addressing a mammoth rally to mark the BJP’s 38th ‘Foundation Day’, he made stinging comments against the Opposition parties, which are making efforts to form a coalition to take on the BJP in next year’s Lok Sabha polls, by equating them to ‘snakes’, ‘mongoose’, ‘dogs’ and ‘cats’. He also accused the Opposition of not allowing the Budget session of Parliament to function.

During his speech, he insisted that the Modi Government had done a lot for all sections of the society and that the BJP will seek to win the 2019 Lok Sabha polls on the basis of work done rather than by making “hollow assurances”. “Rahul Gandhi and others are saying that we are demolishing reservation for SCs and STs. We are in no way demolishing the reservation (policy),” Shah said in his address on the occasion of the BJP’s 38th Foundation Day. He went on to add, “Rahul and (NCP Chief Sharad) Pawar, listen. BJP will never end the reservation policy. And even if you want to end the reservation, BJP will never allow it.”

The BJP president’s remarks came against the backdrop of the recent controversy and agitation after a Supreme Court ruling regarding the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, which is seen by many as dilution of the law.Launching its election campaign for 2019, Bharatiya Janata Party Shah exhorted party workers to take a pledge to ensure BJP regains power with full majority to realise Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream of ‘New India’, here. Shah said ‘the countdown’ to the Lok Sabha elections next year has already begun and called upon all activists to fan out to each village in the country and highlight the achievements of the Modi sarkar in the past four years.

“We don’t want to fight the next elections on slogans or empty poll promises, but on the basis of the achievements of the Modi Government,” he said.“We take a pledge to ensure victory for the BJP in the next elections in 2019 all over India and in Assembly elections in Odisha and West Bengal.. and even for Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’ Government in Maharashtra to regain power, that will be the dawn of the ‘Golden Period’ of the BJP,” Mr Shah said.