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BJP’s strategy to corner MVA over OBC quota in local bodies backfires

Chhagan Bhujbal held BJP responsible for OBCs losing their quota across the country and demanded that it should be restored at the earliest by seeking the intervention of the Prime Minister

Sanjay Jog | Updated on: Tuesday, May 10, 2022, 10:34 PM IST

Devendra Fadnavis | PTI
Devendra Fadnavis | PTI
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Opposition party cut a sorry figure as SC ruled there will be no quota in pending local body polls in Madhya Pradesh for non-completion of triple test

None of the BJP leaders including Fadnavis offered comment on SC ruling but remained silent

Bhujbal and Patole lashed out at Fadnavis & BJP blaming them for OBC losing political quota

Bhujbal demands that Centre should issue ordinance to restore OBC quota

Mumbai: The Bharatiya Janata Party’s strategy to corner the Shiv Sena-led Maha Vikas Aghadi government on the scrapping of 27 per cent quota for OBCs in local bodies backfired, after the Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled there would be no OBC quota in the pending local body polls in the BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh.

Last week, after the apex court had directed the State Election Commission to declare a pre-poll process for elections to the civic and local bodies in Maharashtra, the BJP had stepped up its attack on the MVA government, terming it ‘killers’ of the OBC quota. Leader of the Opposition Devendra Fadnavis was at the forefront of the attack, blaming the state government for having wasted two years in the compilation of empirical data of OBCs, which was part of the triple test the state had to pass. He had also accused the MVA government of being ‘dishonest’ about protecting the OBC quota.

However, on Tuesday, it was the BJP’s turn to cut a sorry figure after the apex court asked the Shivraj Chauhan-led government in Madhya Pradesh to complete the compilation of empirical data of OBCs and ruled that the MP Backward Class Welfare Commission’s report ‘by itself was not triple-test compliance.’ None of the BJP leaders, including Fadnavis, were ready to comment on the apex court ruling on Tuesday, despite repeated attempts to reach out to them.

However, senior NCP Minister Chhagan Bhujbal, who heads the Samata Parishad, was quick to remark that the BJP had now fallen into its own trap. Bhujbal, who is a veteran OBC leader, claimed that the RSS, which is the BJP’s parent organisation, has been in favour of scrapping reservations nationwide.

Bhujbal held the BJP responsible for the OBCs losing their quota across the country and demanded that it should be restored at the earliest by seeking the intervention of the Prime Minister. Further, the Centre should issue an ordinance to restore the OBC quota in local bodies, he maintained.

“No state in the entire country has completed the triple test. Even BJP-ruled states have not done the triple test. However, some BJP activists, in a bid to create problems for the MVA government, had filed petitions in the court. This has cost the country heavily, as the OBCs are now left with no quota. The BJP has fallen into the very pit that they dug to trap the MVA government,” claimed Bhujbal.

“The MVA government has been pleading with the Centre to share the empirical data on the OBCs. Had that been given, the OBC reservation in the country today would not have been threatened. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta was defending the Madhya Pradesh government. The BJP tried to play a double game,” alleged Bhujbal.

The Congress also slammed the BJP and Fadnavis, in particular. State Congress chief Nana Patole said, “The apex court order has exposed opposition leader Devendra Fadnavis’s hypocrisy in blaming the Congress and the MVA government on the issue of OBC reservation. It has become even clearer that the BJP is the killer of the OBCs’ political reservation.”

“Devendra Fadnavis and BJP leaders are repeatedly trying to mislead the people of the state by lying on the OBC reservations. Fadnavis was the CM for five years and yet, he did nothing to save the reservation. The BJP only wants the votes of the OBC community but does not want the OBCs to actually benefit from reservations or government schemes. If the BJP really wants to give OBC reservation, then the Central government should take immediate action and restore the political reservation of the OBCs,” said Patole.

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Published on: Tuesday, May 10, 2022, 10:34 PM IST