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Digvijay for debate on quota for backwards among upper castes

A debate was necessary on what should be the criterion for such a reservation,he said.

Written by Agencies | Lucknow | Published: February 2, 2012 10:18:23 am

Congress leader Digvijay Singh today said there was need for a fresh debate on providing quota for backward classes among the upper castes.

A debate was necessary on what should be the criterion for such a reservation,he told reporters here.

On the Congress promising sub-quota in its manifesto for the Uttar Pradesh assembly election,Digvijay said there should be a level playing field.

“Among dalits there is one section which got benefited by the reservation,the rest were left behind. Similar is the case with OBCs.

“The decision has been taken to bring the remaining ones on par with others,” the Congress general secretary said.

On division of Uttar Pradesh,he said his party was in favour of a state Restructuring Board.

Targeting the BJP,Singh said “BJP’s politics is that of flaring communal passions. It starts and ends on the same issue.”

On the BJP raising the 2G spectrum issue,he said the case was being handled by the Supreme Court and the CBI was investigating into it.

“The party should wait for the outcome of the court and the CBI probe,” he said.

On Mayawati’s allegation that Central ministers were involved in scams,Digvijay said whenever any complaint was received,it was handed over to the CBI for probe.

“None of the leader or big officer was protected,” he said.

On NRHM scam,the Congress general secretary said “CAG has found irregularities to the tune of Rs 5000 crore which comes around to 75 per cent of total fund devolved.”

On Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati sacking tainted ministers,he asked why no action was taken against them under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

“Why FIRs were not lodged against them?” the Congress leader asked.

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