Hyderabad: The TDP is shocked at the Congress-led UPA government’s proposal to include 4.5 percent reservation for minority communities in the OBC quota.
Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Council Dadi Veerabhadra Rao and TDP politburo member Yanamala Rama Krishnudu have, in a statement, called the move atrocious. “It’s surprising that the Congress-led UPA government has reduced the quota of BCs to accommodate minorities at a time when the TDP, BC associations and other organizations were demanding that their quota be increased from 27 percent to 52 percent on the basis of 2011 census. It was unjust that the Union government reduced their quota from 27 percent to 22.5 percent, they added.
The TDP leaders stated that the Congress was doing great injustice to the BCs, who form a majority of the population and the economically backward, whenever it came to power either in the State or at the Centre.
They said that their party’s demand for providing separate budgetary allocations for the BCs on the lines of the SC and ST sub-plan was also being ignored by the Congress government. They have demanded that the reservations for the BCs should be increased to 52 percent and a separate provision was made to the Muslim minorities.
Meanwhile, BC Mitrulu, a federation of various BC Caste associations, has blasted the quota proposal that eats into the 27 percent OBC reservations.
State convener K Kondala Rao, said that the sudden move by the Congress government at the Centre on the eve of elections in five States, was done to lure the Muslim votes. He said that the Centre’s decision was unconstitutional, illegal and works against the interests of OBCs constituting the highest population in the country.
Kondala Rao demanded that various political parties to declare their stand on the decision of the Central Cabinet. He also warned that they would declare the political leaders as enemies of the interests of non-minority OBCs, if they failed to support their justified demands. The Weavers United Front too opposed the move.