Playing the caste card ahead of Assembly elections, the Akhilesh Yadav government on Thursday gave its assent to include 17 Other Backward Castes in the Scheduled Castes (SC) list.
A Cabinet meeting presided over by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav this morning cleared the proposal in this regard, officials said. The proposal, considered to be aimed at wooing the OBCs in the coming elections, will now be sent to the Centre for clearance, they said.
The 17 sub-castes which the government wants included in the SC category are Kahar, Kashyap, Kewat, Nishad, Bind, Bhar, Prajapati, Rajbhar, Batham, Gaur, Tura, Majhi, Mallah, Kumhar, Dheemar and Machua.
Terming the Akhilesh Yadav government’s assent to include 17 Other Backward Castes in the SC list as a “mere drama”, BSP supremo Mayawati on Thursday said the decision is both “unfortunate and condemnable” and aimed at deceiving these communities.
“After having neglected all the backward castes barring one in the past five years of its rule, the SP government is out to mislead them in the same vein as was done by the then Mulayam Singh Yadav government,” she said in a statement.
Earlier in March 2013, the UP Assembly had passed a resolution asking the Centre to include 17 castes of the state into the list of Scheduled Castes (SC) category. In the resolution presented by Social Welfare Minister Avdhesh Prasad and passed by the voice vote, it was stated that in a detailed study by UP SC/ST Research and Training Institute, these 17 castes have been found “deserving” to be included in the list of Scheduled Castes (SC).
The Mulayam Singh Yadav government too had passed the resolution in the state Cabinet in February 2004 and had sent recommendation to the Centre for inclusion of these castes in SC list in December 2004.
Later, Mulayam went ahead and issued a government order on October 10, 2005 giving SC benefits to these castes, which was, however, struck down by the High Court.
UP Cabinet’s assent for inclusion of 17 OBCs in SC list is a mere drama played just before the Assembly elections in the state, Mayawati said, adding this decision is both unfortunate and condemnable, aimed at deceiving these castes.
After Mulayam government’s decision on this issue, these castes were left in the lurch for they then belonged neither to OBC nor to SC list, she said.
UP Assembly Winter Session adjourned sine die
The winter session, and perhaps the last session of the 16th Uttar Pradesh Assembly, was adjourned sine die on Thursday amid acrimony over law and order situation after passing the second supplementary budget and Vote on Account of the first five months of the next financial year.
The House passed by voice vote second supplementary budget of Rs 1683 crores of the current financial and vote on account of Rs 1,34, 845 crores for the first five months of the financial year 2017-2018 tabled by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, who is also the Finance Minister of the state, yesterday.
The Opposition parties, including the BJP and BSP, forced the adjournment of the question hour for the second consecutive day today over “poor law and order” and last minute announcements and launch of a number of schemes by the Chief Minister.
As soon as the House reassembled and homage was paid to late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and former MLAs, the Opposition protests began. Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey rushed through legislative business on the agenda and adjourned the House sine die after getting the supplementary budget and Vote on Account passed.