The Centre’s Narendra Modi government has decided to offer 10 percent reservation in government jobs to upper people belonging to upper castes. The cabinet reportedly gave it approval to the move on Monday.
The 10 percent reservation approved by the Union Cabinet will benefit economically weaker upper caste sections in government jobs and education.
The decision has reportedly been taken in view of this year’s Lok Sabha polls to secure upper caste votes.
The government is likely to move the Constitutional Amendment Bill on Tuesday for the reservation. It may even extend the Winter Session to allow the passage of the Bill by two days.
The development comes at a time when PM Modi is facing a severe dip in his popularity after his party lost three key states of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan in the last month’s assembly polls.
Many pollsters have predicted a rout for the BJP in the coming parliamentary polls. According to the India TV-CNX poll survey, BJP may win 40 seats, BSP 15, SP 20, Congress 2 in Uttar Pradesh if elections were conducted today. This projection was seemingly made based on the assertion that these non-BJP parties will contest separately. Psephologist Yashwant Deshmukh said that the projection for the BJP in UP was worrying and the saffron party may struggle to reach even the double digit if the BSP and the SP fought the Lok Sabha polls together.