CM dismisses oppn charge on quota

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CM dismisses oppn charge on quota

Thursday, 20 February 2020 | PNS | Lucknow

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath dismissed the charge of opposition parties that quota for Scheduled Castes and Other Backward Classes were not being implemented by the state government in recruitment.
Yogi asserted that the BJP represented every section of society and was committed to protecting the interests of SCs and OBCs and ensuring their uplift in all spheres of life.
“Opposition parties are not willing for a logical debate based on facts and figures. In the last three years, as many as 2.5 lakh persons have been recruited in various government departments and rules of reservations for SCs, STs and OBCs have been implemented. The government has ensured that each social group get its due share. We have also implemented 10 per cent quota for economically weaker sections from upper caste,” the chief minister said.
Yogi said that on January 26, the government released funds for payment of scholarships to 56 lakh students, of which 28 lakh were from the OBCs. He said that during SP and BSP regimes, SC and OBC students were the worst sufferers as the SP government denied benefit to SC students and the BSP regime did the same against the OBCs.
“It will be very embarrassing for the SP and BSP (if it comes to light) as to what was done during their regimes so I do not want to reveal all details, so do not compel us. For us, national interest is above party interests and political power is a means and not an end in itself. The BJP represents each and every section of society,” he said.
Yogi further said, “Every political party had an opportunity to form government in UP. What did they do when they were in power. We are ready for a logical debate on all issues and it should be dignified and within framework of parliamentary decorum and tradition where there is no scope for name calling.”
Earlier, Speaker Hriday Narayan Dikshit rejected an adjournment notice on the issue of reservation for SCs and OBCs, moved by Samajwadi Party and supported by the BSP and Congress.
Opposing the notice, Parliamentary Affairs minister Suresh Kumar Khanna said, “Opposition is in the habit of raising issue of reservation in every session of the House and creating disturbance.” 
Khanna charged that the opposition as part of its malicious design, wanted to malign the BJP government that it was against reservation.
Not satisfied with the government’s reply, members of opposition parties staged a walkout from the House.

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