Congress quota pitch aims at Dalits and tribals | India News

Congress quota pitch aims at Dalits and tribals | India News

UDAIPUR: The Congress demand touches upon sensitive issues that find traction with the target groups, but which the ruling BJP has been wary of touching. For Congress, the aggression on the quota front via a raft of nettlesome policy proposals appears aimed at signalling an outreach to the important Mandal bloc as also Dalits and tribals, and to corner BJP .
During the debate in Parliament on the 127th Constitution Amendment Bill to restore the rights of states to identify the OBCs in August 2021, a united opposition demanded caste census and removal of 50% cap on reservation, demands that the Modi government steered clear of. The issues are still part of the opposition debate in Bihar and Maharashtra.
Asked why the UPA in power had opposed the sub-quota in women’s bill that was a core demand of OBC parties, Salman Khurshid said it was difficult to hammer out a consensus among allies in a coalition government, and that Congress was not opposed to it.
The private sector quota is a ticklish issue and the possibility of a legislation to enforce it was deliberated during the UPA, but the government later left it to the corporates to do it voluntarily.
Given BJP’s reluctance to be aggressive on caste quota for fear of angering its core base of upper castes, Congress seems to believe it can try to test the rival’s nerve and woo marginalised sections.
With the objective of rebranding itself, Congress is likely to introduce new measures – like enhancing the SC/ST/OBC/minority quota in party committees from booth to elite CWC level from 20% to 50%, creation of a ‘social justice advisory council’ for party chief, making mandatory a meeting of CWC and state committees every six months to deliberate on the issues of marginalized groups.

Assam Press