Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia Accuses Congress of Neglecting Backward Classes and Opposing Reservations

Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia Accuses Congress of Neglecting Backward Classes and Opposing Reservations
Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia Accuses Congress of Neglecting Backward Classes and Opposing Reservations
Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia Accuses Congress of Neglecting Backward Classes and Opposing Reservations
Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia Accuses Congress of Neglecting Backward Classes and Opposing Reservations

Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia Accuses Congress of Neglecting Backward Classes and Opposing Reservations

Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia Accuses Congress of Neglecting Backward Classes and Opposing Reservations

Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia Accuses Congress of Neglecting Backward Classes and Opposing Reservations

Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia has criticized the Congress, alleging that the party did not take significant steps to support backward classes during its 70 years in power and even opposed reservations for these communities. Scindia’s comments were made in response to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s recent emphasis on “Jitni abaadi, utna haq” (rights proportionate to the population) following the release of Bihar’s caste survey report, which revealed that the Extremely Backward Classes and Other Backward Classes constitute 63 percent of the state’s population.

Scindia stated that the Congress failed to address the concerns of backward classes during its long rule, pointing out instances when the party opposed reservation policies for these communities. He highlighted the efforts of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government in working for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, and backward classes, with 60 percent of his cabinet comprising members from these communities. Scindia also credited the Modi-led government for providing 27 percent reservation to Other Backward Classes (OBCs).

Scindia, who previously belonged to the Congress but joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in 2020, accused the Congress of attempting to raise new issues during election campaigns without taking substantial actions for these communities during its time in power.

These remarks by Jyotiraditya Scindia underscore the ongoing political debate surrounding issues related to caste, reservation policies, and social justice in India. They also reflect the political strategies employed by various parties to appeal to different segments of the population ahead of elections.

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