New Delhi: The controversy over tainted
former BSP minister Babu Singh Kushwaha notwithstanding, BJP
on Monday indicated it will go all out to woo the OBC voters in
Uttar Pradesh by highlighting the loss to them once minorities
are given reservation from their quota.
Shedding its initial reluctance over Kushwaha`s
induction into the party, the BJP top brass appears to have
reconciled to the need to win over the OBC along with the
upper caste in its bid to get more seats in poll bound UP.
Speaking at a party programme here, Leader of
Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley said, "Though BJP has
always supported reservations as it helps the weaker sections
to become strong, it has always opposed reservations on basis
of religion. People of different religions, Hindus and
Muslims, all figure in the OBC list."
He stated that BJP is open to making further
provisions for Most Backward Classes and those who are
socially and educationally backward within this quota but
reservation for minorities is not acceptable.
The Centre had cleared 4.5 per cent reservation for
the minorities within the 27 per cent quota for OBCs which has
antagonised the latter as it will eat into their share.
The letter written by Kushwaha, an OBC leader whose
community accounts for 3 per cent of the voters, to BJP
President Nitin Gadkari asking for suspension of his
membership till he is cleared of all charges seems to have
ironed out the differences for the time being.
"Other than the BJP, no party is ready to speak about
this.... Constitution does not allow reservation on religious
basis. BJP will oppose this throughout the nation. Those whose
share is being taken away should be heard," Jaitley said.