Quota within quota: Congress to start campaign to woo most backward castes in UP

Congress leaders have been tasked to identify the villages where most backward castes are have a considerable presence.

By: Express News Service | Lucknow | Published:October 20, 2016 4:04 am

AFTER PROMISING quota within quota for most backward castes in Uttar Pradesh, Congress now plans to launch a campaign to reach out to the community by focusing on ‘non-Yadavs’.

Congress leaders have been tasked to identify the villages where most backward castes are have a considerable presence. The party intends to start the campaign after Diwali. Among the issues the party plans to take up include the promise of providing 19 per cent quota out of 27 per cent OBC reservation.

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While Congress leaders from other states would also be roped in for this campaign, sources said Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar too is expected to be roped in. The campaign would also target the ruling SP for “benefitting mainly Yadavs” in the name of reservation.

“Preparations are on and we will be able to start the campaign by the first week of November. In the name of reservation, only selected castes, especially Yadavs, get most benefits. Thus, we would promise 19 per cent reservation within 27 per cent quota of OBC for most backward castes,” said Siya Ram Pal, secretary of Uttar Pradesh Congress Backward Class cell.

“Most backward castes like Nishad, Mallah, Kumhar, Pal and Kushwaha among others barely benefit from the reservation despite the fact that they need it the most. Thus, our campaign will make them aware of this…” he added. Sources said the party is collecting data from the 2011 Census to identify villages, which have a dominant population of non-Yadav OBCs, especially members of the most backward castes.