Sonia rejects Dwivedi proposal to end caste-based reservation

Says dialogue initiated into quota for financially backward.

New Delhi | Updated: February 6, 2014 6:20 am

 

 

There should be no ambiguity on the stand of the Congress on the system of reservation for SCs, STs and OBCs, said Sonia Gandhi. There should be no ambiguity on the stand of the Congress on the system of reservation for SCs, STs and OBCs, said Sonia Gandhi.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday said a “dialogue” has been initiated to carve out “reservation for economically weaker sections” cutting across castes without prejudicing the existing system even as she snubbed the party’s influential general secretary Janardan Dwivedi who had called for an end to caste-based reservations and proposed a switch to quota on the basis of financial backwardness.

“There should be no ambiguity on the stand of the Congress on the system of reservation for SCs, STs and OBCs. They were introduced by the Congress, they have been strengthened by the Congress, and they will continue to be championed by the Congress,” Sonia said.

With the BJP, SP and BSP slamming the Congress over Dwivedi’s remarks, seen by many as the party’s bid to test waters, the party swung into damage control. Though the party had on Tuesday said his suggestions could be considered, party spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala later termed the remarks as Dwivedi’s “personal views”.

Sources said Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi had directed that the party disown his remarks.

“His (Dwivedi’s) statement on the issue of caste-based reservation or absence thereof is his personal opinion. The Congress continues to adhere to, subscribe to and support the existing reservation policy as on today. There is no re-thinking or change in our stand,” Surjewala said. Significantly, Surjewala said economic reservation is not possible as it is “not conceived in our constitutional system as it exists today.”

With the BSP and other parties disrupting Parliament over the issue, MoS for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Shukla said, “The government is not considering any proposal to provide reservation based on economic criteria”.

However, Sonia’s remarks indicated that the discussion in the party for reservation on the basis of financial backwardness is at an advanced stage and sources said the party could crystallise the proposal for inclusion in the manifesto.

Dwivedi remark ‘trial balloon’: BJP

NEW DELHI: The BJP on Wednesday ridiculed Congress general secretary Janardan Dwivedi’s proposal to scrap caste-based reservation as a “trial balloon” by the ruling party to deflect attention from the alleged misgovernance of the Congress. “This seems to me like a trial balloon… There is a deliberate attempt to start a new debate in the country. This is not right,” BJP deputy leader in Rajya Sabha Ravi Shankar Prasad said.

“Our apprehension is that there is a strong sentiment against the government. On issues like unemployment, price rise, corruption and lack of development and security, there is strong sentiment against the government. To sidetrack this, two attempts are being made – an attempt to start a communal-secular debate and the second is this new trial balloon,” Prasad claimed. ENS

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    Communal Rukstales
    Feb 8, 2014 at 10:41 am
    Afraid to take your Caste share of land and build your own nation?
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      Communal Rukstales
      Feb 8, 2014 at 10:41 am
      Afraid to take your Caste share of land and build your own nation?
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        Ankit raj
        Feb 6, 2014 at 9:17 am
        Sonia hi’s timely intervention should stop all speculations regarding Congress Party’s stand on caste based reservations.
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          vipin gurjar
          Feb 6, 2014 at 8:46 am
          Congress general secretary Janardan Dwivedi, knowingly or unknowingly raised a unnecessary controversy. Thanks to Congress leadership and Government to clear their stand and put on rest the controversy.
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            vipin gurjar
            Feb 6, 2014 at 8:46 am
            Congress general secretary Janardan Dwivedi, knowingly or unknowingly raised a unnecessary controversy. Thanks to Congress leadership and Government to clear their stand and put on rest the controversy.
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              mahendra yadav
              Feb 6, 2014 at 10:45 am
              thanks to soniya hi, she thought about poor people of india, india is the biggest curse of poverty , such as the need to end now...
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                mahendra yadav
                Feb 6, 2014 at 10:45 am
                thanks to soniya hi, she thought about poor people of india, india is the biggest curse of poverty , such as the need to end now...
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                  mahendra yadav
                  Feb 6, 2014 at 12:08 pm
                  very wel decision by Mis soniya hi, she thought about poor people of india, india is the biggest curse of poverty , such as the need to end now...
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                    mahendra yadav
                    Feb 6, 2014 at 12:08 pm
                    very wel decision by Mis soniya hi, she thought about poor people of india, india is the biggest curse of poverty , such as the need to end now...
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                      Purush
                      Feb 6, 2014 at 10:55 am
                      Typical wiles and guiles by Cong (I). Their well known and filthy antics. Would a guy like Dwivedi dare to espouse such a thing unless he was cleared by the high command. Another one of those good cop bad cop play by Cong (I) to take people for a ride.
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                        Purush
                        Feb 6, 2014 at 10:55 am
                        Typical wiles and guiles by Cong (I). Their well known and filthy antics. Would a guy like Dwivedi dare to espouse such a thing unless he was cleared by the high command. Another one of those good cop bad cop play by Cong (I) to take people for a ride.
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                          Ritika pandey
                          Feb 6, 2014 at 10:14 am
                          this is dwiwedy own statement, soniya hi open advocacy for cast based reservations and bringing all financially backward communities under ambit of reservation is welcome one
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                            Ritika pandey
                            Feb 6, 2014 at 10:14 am
                            this is dwiwedy own statement, soniya hi open advocacy for cast based reservations and bringing all financially backward communities under ambit of reservation is welcome one
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                              sunny gupta
                              Feb 6, 2014 at 11:07 am
                              india does't want any poverty, we believe in democratic and develop nation so it's important to end poverty in india,, great decision by congress presidant.
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                                varghese.al
                                Feb 6, 2014 at 5:11 am
                                worried are those who will loose definitely from, even the sounding thought! idea has its merit. youngster will throng on. cast and religion is loosing fast in India and importance will be limited to daily life style & custom. khap panchayath like utopian system must be demolished. prevalence of religion in Indian politics must be destro for bright future of developed India.
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                                  varghese.al
                                  Feb 6, 2014 at 5:11 am
                                  worried are those who will loose definitely from, even the sounding thought! idea has its merit. youngster will throng on. cast and religion is loosing fast in India and importance will be limited to daily life style & custom. khap panchayath like utopian system must be demolished. prevalence of religion in Indian politics must be destro for bright future of developed India.
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                                    Vineeta
                                    Feb 6, 2014 at 11:40 am
                                    soniya know the value of common man, he know that what type of problem does common man face, jan lokpal bill, RTI and most important food security bill, given by congress. decision about poverty is most important for indian people..
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                                      Vineeta
                                      Feb 6, 2014 at 11:40 am
                                      soniya know the value of common man, he know that what type of problem does common man face, jan lokpal bill, RTI and most important food security bill, given by congress. decision about poverty is most important for indian people..
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