With upcoming state assembly elections round the corner, leaders have started digging out contentious issues hoping that it may yield some seats in their account. In a fresh move to press for implementation of reservation in promotion in government services, Lok Janashakti Party chief and Union Minister Ramvilas Paswan along with representatives of National Dalit Front (NDF) would meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the issue this month.
The NDF is a body formed by Paswan to promote issues aimed at the underprivileged community’s welfare.
The decision in this regard was taken at a meeting of SC/ST parliamentarians of all parties on Thursday. The meet was chaired by Paswan and attended by unions ministers Thaawarchand Gehlot, Arjun Meghwal, Sudarshan Bhagat, Ramdas Athawle as well MPs of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, including Chirag Paswan, Udit Raj, etc.
While talking to Millennium Post, Paswan said, “It’s a long pending demand of backward classes and when the country is having a strong prime minister, we should not miss the opportunity in getting it implemented.”
A rally would also be organised on March 12 next year in Delhi to press for the implementation of quota in reservation, Paswan said, adding that it’s their constitutional right.
In reply to a question as why the issue has always been raised whenever elections happens, Paswan said, “It’s a mere coincidence. We are fighting it for several years. When the report of Mandal Commission was implemented, there was no such provision, but we got it amended into the constitution for four times.”
“Given that our PM has done a lot in upliftment of Dalits, we are hopeful that the quota in promotion issue would be cleared by this government. It’s a fact that series of events related to Bhim Rao Ambedkar, an icon of the community, had never held as they were under PM Modi,” he said.