Otherwise quite Congress general Secretary, senior leader Janardhan Dwivedi put Congress in a fix with his recent comments on caste based reservations. He felt that the era of caste based quota system should have ended long back and some vested political interests are prolonging the unjustified form of sops.
“This should have come to an end. Why it did not happen so far was because vested interests got into the process. Does the real needy person even among the Dalits and backward castes get the benefits of reservation? Those in the upper crust of these communities only avail the benefits. There is a difference between social justice and casteism.”
“The concept of social justice has now turned into casteism…I believe there is a need to dismantle this ….Since Rahul Gandhiji is seeking views of people directly for the party manifesto, I am now urging him that he should take a bold decision,” the party general secretary said.
The congress has been indicating that it might offer a minority sub quota; it had just put Jains in the minority quota, it had also hinted at quota for Jats.
Congress president Sonia had to hurriedly distance away from Dwivedi’s contentious comments.
“The empowerment of SCs, STs and OBCs has been an article of faith with the Congress. There should be no doubt or ambiguity on the stand of the Congress on the system of reservation for SC/ST and OBCs. They were introduced by Congress, they have been strengthened by the Congress and they will continue to be championed by the Congress,” the Congress top leader said in a two-page statement.
The opposition is already seeing an opportunity here and attacking the Congress from all fronts.