Veterans talk quota,young guns jobs

Digvijiy and Ajit Singh sought to woo Jats by promising their inclusion in OBC list.

Written by Ravish Tiwari | Meerut | Published: February 3, 2012 12:46 am

Veterans Digvijiya Singh and Ajit Singh sought to woo the Jat community on Wednesday by promising their inclusion in the OBC list while Rahul Gandhi and Jayant Chaudhary,the younger faces of their respective parties,skipped the subject in the first joint rally of UP allies Congress and RLD.

“I am concerned that Jats do not figure in the central list of OBCs. We have taken this issue up with the Prime Minister,the Home Minister and Sonia Gandhi…,” the Congress’s Digvijaya Singh said at the joint rally,held in Meerut.

And the RLD’s Ajit Singh said,“When Jats are backward in Lucknow,in Bhopal,in Chandigarh and in Jaipur,why are they not backward in Delhi (the Centre)? We are fighting for a just demand.”

Both also brought up the proposed OBC sub-quota for the backward among Muslims.

Rahul and Jayant,general secretaries in their parties,each used a different form of attack against the Mayawati government for land acquisition. “Nobody had objections to the Delhi-Agra Expressway…. The objection was to the forcible acquisition of lakhs of hectares,” Jayant said. Rahul too criticised the forcible acquisition but did not mention this dividing line.

Both spoke of welfare. “I want a government that pays attention to education and electricity,a government that enhances farmers’ productivity,establishes new industry,creates employment,” Jayant said,listing these as failures of the Mayawati government. In contrast to Jayant’s thrust on new jobs,Rahul flaunted MGNREGA and other schemes taken up by the UPA.

Jayant invoked Charan Singh’s clean image; Rahul invoked Indira Gandhi’s aam admi slogan.

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