Forward quota Bill in Parliament: Arun Jaitley reminds Congress of its pro-poor 2014 manifesto

Hitting out at the previous governments, he said efforts in the past were misdirected.

Forward quota Bill in Parliament: Arun Jaitley reminds Congress of its pro-poor 2014 manifesto

NEW DELHI: As the government tabled the Forward Reservation Bill on Tuesday seeking reservation in jobs and educational institutions for economically backward upper castes, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley launched an attack on opposition parties. 

Extending his support for the bill, he said that it is applicable to all educational institutes and public employment as well and is aimed at equality for all.

Hitting out at the Congress for voicing opposition to the Bill, he read out the grand old party's manifesto for the 2014 elections. "Congress manifestos say the party wants to remove poverty. This bill is a test for the party on whether upliftment of poor will remain in their manifestos only or can concrete action be taken," Jaitley said in the Lok Sabha.

"Efforts in the past were misdirected. Just as equals cannot be treated unequally, unequals cannot be treated equally," Jaitley added.

He also targetted the Left parties saying that "if communists oppose this bill which is in favour of the poor, it would be the first example of its kind in the world."

During the discussion on the bill, Jaitley added that the Supreme Court's 50 per cent limit for reservation only applies to caste-based reservation.