A DAY after the Parliament passed the bill on 10 per cent reservation in jobs and education for the economically weaker sections of the general category, the Shiv Sena on Thursday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi over “shrinking job opportunities” for unemployed youth.
In an editorial in the party mouthpiece Saamana, the Sena said Modi had announced the quota after “first suggesting to unemployed youth that they could sell pakodas”.
“When the government fails on unemployment and poverty, they have to play the reservation card. If the BJP has played this game to get the votes of upper caste in Uttar Pradesh, it will boomerang on the BJP. You have given 10 per cent reservation, but where are the jobs?” asked the editorial.
It further said that Shiv Sena founder Balasaheb Thackeray had repeatedly suggested that reservations should be based on economic status for poor people from all castes and religions.
The Sena has supported the 10 per cent reservation based on economic status, it added. “Around 90 lakh jobs need to be generated annually to maintain a stable employment rate in the country, but it has gone wrong now. Job opportunities have reduced in the last two years and approximately two crore jobs have been lost due to the government’s decisions of demonetisation and implementation of the Good and Services Tax,” said the Sena, adding that unemployment has led to disappointment among youth.
The Sena further said that the passage of the bill on reservation is evidence that constitutional amendments are not untouchable for the Modi government. “The 124th constitutional amendment for 10 per cent reservation shows that the government can do a constitutional amendment whenever it feels and is convenient to it,” it added.