New Delhi: Yogi Adityanath, the UP Chief Minister, was ticked off by his own party government at the Centre over a move to include 17 OBCs or Other Backward Classes in the list of Scheduled Castes. "This is not proper," said Union Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot in Parliament after the opposition BSP raised the matter. On June 24, the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh directed district magistrates and commissioners to issue scheduled caste certificates to OBCs like Kashyap, Rajbhar, Dhivar, Bind, Kumhar, Kahar, Kewat, Nishad, Bhar, Mallah, Prajapati, Dhimar, Batham, Turha, Godia, Manjhi and Machua, reports NDTV.
The move, which will enable these castes to get quota benefits, is not just been linked to the upcoming by-polls to 12 assembly seats but will also impact the 2022 UP polls. It is "unconstitutional", said Thawar Chand Gehlot, the central Minister for Social Justice an Empowerment in the Rajya Sabha, where BSP leader SC Mishra brought up the issue during zero hour. He agreed with Mishra that only the Centre could sanction such a move. Gehlot said if the UP government wanted to go ahead with the decision, it should follow procedure and send a proposal to the Centre. "We would then consider it," he added, NDTV reports.
PM’S STERN MESSAGE: Prime Minister Narendra Modi told BJP leaders on Tuesday that arrogance and misbehaviour cannot be tolerated, and dubbed as "totally unacceptable" the conduct of senior party leader Kailash Vijayvargiya's MLA son, who had assaulted a government official. According to sources, he told the BJP parliamentary party meeting that "whoever it may be, whoever's son he may be... such arrogance, misbehaviour cannot be tolerated" and action should be taken against those who indulge in such a conduct."Manmaani nahi chalegi," he said in Hindi.