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Quota for economically weak, promises PM

August 10, 2003 19:10 IST
Last Updated: August 10, 2003 19:13 IST

Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on Sunday promised to bring a legislation to provide reservation to the economically backward among forward castes in the current Parliament session, if other parties agreed to support it.

He was addressing a mammoth rally in Jaipur on the conclusion of the BJP state unit's parivartan yatra organisedto kick off the party's election campaign for the assembly election in Rajasthan.

Vajpayee also took strong exception to the latest pandemonium in Parliament over defence procurements during Kargil operations saying problems can be solved only by working together and not by raising uproar.

He, however, skipped the contentious issues of Hindutva and Ram temple.

The BJP had also recently suspended its leader Devi Singh Bhati, who leads Social Justice Front, on the issue.

"If other parties support we are ready to introduce a Constitution amendment bill, which requires two-thirds majority in Parliament, on Wednesday when Parliament reopens, but first we should have the confidence that it would not be defeated," he told the crowd, which listened to him braving a heavy downpour.

Emphasising on the need to resolve the issue before elections, Vajpayee said the reservation issue should not pit brother against brother and lead to bitterness.

More reports from Rajasthan
Read about: Assembly Election 2003

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Sub: Quota for economically weaker sections

Dear Mr. Vajpai, I would like to remind you that this quota system was not a bate used by politicians to get the votes. It ...

Posted by Ram prakash

Sub: Reservations for economically weak

Just got one Question??/What if someone from Forward Caste is economically weak???Will he get the same privilege???I'm asking this because there are plenty of such ...

Posted by Jayaram

Sub: compromise prime minister

The brave outspoken Vajpayee of the opposition is no longer found. Whom we have now is a compromise PM, who seeks compromise in anything in ...

Posted by selvaram

Sub: Another political stunt.

Another political stunt! Consider an analogy, if a telephone exchange has just 10 trunk lines between cities. 5 for Hindus and 5 for Muslims. If ...

Posted by ashok

Sub: Quota for economically weak

We appear to be losing sight of the original intention of reservations, viz., correcting the historic injustice done to disadvantaged groups. Time has come to ...

Posted by G. Madhu Kumar



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