Prime Minister Narendra Modi has cleared up that his government does not have any plans to cancel caste-based reservations.
Modi said reservations can’t be annulled in India on the grounds that the objectives of our Constitution and dreams of BR Ambedkar are as yet unfulfilled.
Rubbishing hypotheses that his government is sitting tight for a fortunate time to annul caste-based reservation, the prime minister stated, “Reservation is here to stay. Let there be no doubts about it.”
He was talking amid a meeting to news sources.
“It is the responsibility of every one of us to fulfill the dreams of BR Ambedkar and reservations are an important tool to achieve this,” Modi said.
Talking about his government’s priorities, he said the point is to guarantee holistic development for all. “The dreams of Babasaheb (BR Ambedkar) are the strength of this nation and we are committed to fulfilling them. Our mantra is ‘sabka saath, sabka vikas’. To achieve this, it is most important to protect the rights of the poor, marginalized, downtrodden, Dalits, tribals and OBCs.”
Attacking the Opposition, he said there are some vested gatherings who spread information that the BJP will cancel the reservation and a few segments of the media amplify it.
“Those who are constantly spreading canards on the issue and politicising it are the same people who have always crushed Babasaheb’s dreams,” Modi told ANI.
He blamed the Opposition for attempting to “sow seeds of doubt and mistrust” among the “weaker segments” of society. “But, the people of India are wise and they will not believe in this propaganda,” he said.
Assaulting the Congress, and former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi specifically, he said the party had opposed the Mandal Commission in Parliament.
“I would request you all to see the kind of things our former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi said about the Mandal Commission. On the floor of Parliament, he opposed it tooth and nail. The situation in his party is no different today,” he said.