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Lalu Prasad Yadav Slams 10% EWS Quota as The First Step Towards Ending Caste-Based Reservation

He asked that since the 50% barrier was broken, why the Modi govt was not increasing quota in proportion to the population of SCs, STs and OBCs.

Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief and former railway minister Lalu Prasad Yadav on Wednesday, February 6 slammed the Modi government’s 10 per cent Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) quota move and dubbed it the “most hazardous onslaught on the constitutional rights of SC/STs, OBCs.”

The former Bihar chief minister took to Twitter and said the move was a “robbery”. He added that it was the first step towards ending caste-based reservations.

Pointing out that since the 10% EWS quota broke the 50% quota limit that was set by the Supreme Court, he questioned why the Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government at the centre was not increasing the quota for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes in proportion to their population.

Leader of Opposition in the Bihar assembly, Tejashwi Yadav also highlighted the same issue in a separate tweet saying, “Reservation is not a poverty alleviation programme. In spite of 52% population of OBCs in 1931 Census, OBCs settled for 27% quota in 1993 because there was a 50% ceiling on total reservation.”

Tejashwi Yadav, who has been one of the most vocal opponents of the 10% EWS quota move, is set to begin his “berozgari hatao, arakshan badhao (eradicate unemployment, increase reservation)” yatra on Thursday, February 7. The yatra would cover Supaul and Bhagalpur districts over the next two days.

Also Read: Casteist Policies Aiming to Eliminate SCs, STs, OBCs From Higher Education: Lalu Prasad Yadav

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