NEW DELHI: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Chief Mayawati on Tuesday welcomed the reservation announced by the Centre for economically weaker sections of Upper caste, however, she called the move a ‘political stunt’.
“The decision taken by the Central government is appreciable but the intention behind it seems to be not good”, Mayawati said.
“It looks more of a political stunt as it has come just ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. It would have been better had the government taken the decision earlier”, she added.
Mayawati also said that reservation should be extended to the poor who belongs to the various minority religious groups.
“Reservation to the poor tribals, Dalits should not be confined to the education sector or jobs but also other sectors in which till now it has not been introduced”, she stated.
Mayawati was referring to the announcement made by the Modi-led Government of giving 10 per cent reservation to upper caste poor in jobs and education.
The criteria for deciding on economically weaker sections would be based on the size of land holding and income of families.
“The Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, took the decision for people belonging to "unreserved categories", including Christians and Muslims, in jobs and education with an annual income limit of Rs 8 lakh and landholding ceiling of about five acres”, the government sources had said on Monday.
When the decision implemented, it will increase reservation quota to 60 per cent from the existing 50 per cent.
With inputs from ANI