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Congress paid lip service to poor among upper castes
January 12, 2019
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New Delhi: Hailing the Prime Minister’s decision to force the agenda for poverty-based reservation as the single greatest pro-poor step, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday accused the Congress of grudgingly supporting the bill for 10 per cent reservation for poor among the upper castes.

“The Prime Minister’s decision to force an agenda for poverty-based reservation is the single greatest recognition/concern for poor across the general categories and the need to eliminate poverty.

“The principal opposition party showed only lip sympathy for the measure and grudgingly supported it while poking holes in the same,” Jaitley said in a Facebook post.

The Minister said poverty as a criteria for the 10 per cent reservation would neither contravene the basic structure of the Constitution nor would it be restricted by the 50 per cent reservation cap placed by the Supreme Court.

Indo-Asian News Service

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