Promotion quota: SP to oppose,BJP in dilemma

With the government conceding to BSP's demand to bring a constitutional amendment to provide reservation in promotions for SCs/STs,the BJP has been caught on the wrong foot

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: September 5, 2012 12:55 am

With the government conceding to BSP’s demand to bring a constitutional amendment to provide reservation in promotions for SCs/STs,the BJP has been caught on the wrong foot.

The BJP,which is trying to ride on its anti-corruption plank against the Congress to improve its electoral fortunes in politically crucial UP,was on Tuesday found hard pressed to reveal its strategy on the government’s plan to bring the Bill in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.

While the saffron party assesses that the proposed legislation will help Mayawati consolidate BSP’s Dalit support base,it finds itself in an awkward position as the rival SP has taken an opposite stand in an apparent attempt to rally non-Dalit support base towards it. Though a strong section of the BJP is believed to be against the proposed move by the government,the party cannot take a position against it publicly.

“We object to the government’s decision. It is unconstitutional,” senior SP leader Ram Gopal Yadav said regarding government’s decision pointing out that similar moves in the past have fallen foul of courts. “Once again the amendment will take place and will be rejected by the court,” Yadav said asserting that the SP will protest the move on Wednesday in the Rajya Sabha.

While SP’s public posturing is getting it support among non-Dalit sections in UP,where government staff have planned a boycott on Wednesday to protest against the government move,the BJP is being projected by the BSP as the villain while the Congress will stake claim to making the move.

To make matters worse for the BJP,Mayawati on Tuesday met Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley to solicit their support for the proposed legislation.

Pressed in a corner,the BJP top brass went into a huddle late in the evening at Advani’s residence.

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