LUCKNOW: Accusing the ruling BJP of hatching a conspiracy to curtail reservation for the Backward classes and Dalits, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Monday said giving a push to privatisation of public sector units was a part of a well-defined conspiracy to do away with reservation completely.
Akhilesh said the ruling BJP is against the SP’s long pending demand of getting a caste census done because the exercise, when correlated with the caste representation in government departments, will expose the BJP. “But the SP will continue to press for a caste census and renew its pledge to get it done in UP within three months of being voted to power,” he said.
The SP national president said the government is focusing on privatisation as there is no reservation policy therein. “It a part of a design and privatisation is being encouraged by the ruling BJP in all public sector units. Slowly they want to do away with the very provisions of reservation,” he said.
Akhilesh, who is also the leader of Opposition in the state assembly, said as a part of a strategy, government vacancies are not advertised in the first place to keep away Backwards and Dalits from seeking reservation in jobs. “In case any department advertises vacancies, the exercise of filling them up is immediately postponed and subsequently backdoor entries of preferred candidates is done,” he said in a statement issued on Monday.
Citing an instance, Akhilesh said, during recent appointments in the Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS) posts reserved for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Backward Classes were not filled. “One can see what has happened in appointments of vice-chancellors in universities of the state. Similar anomalies have surfaced in the appointment of 69,000 teachers,” he said.
‘Explain ground reality of caste to people’
LUCKNOW: Referring to RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s statement that everyone was equal in the eyes of God and that the caste system was propagated by pandits, the Samajwadi Party chief on Monday said it would have been better if the ground reality was also outlined before the people.
“Bhagwan ke samne toh spasht kar rahein hain … kripya ismein ye bhi spasth kar dijiye ki insaan ke samne jaati-varn ko lekar kya vastu stithi hai (The issue has been explained before God … kindly explain to the people the prevailing ground reality of the caste system),” Akhilesh tweeted referring to a news report on Bhagwat’s comment that he allegedly made at an event in Mumbai on Sunday which was organised to mark 647th birth anniversary of Sant Shiromani Rohidas.

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