Congress accuses BJP of U-turn on quota in promotions

New Delhi, Sep 11 (IANS) Accusing the Narendra Modi government of U-turn on the issue of reservation in promotions for weaker sections in public sector banks, the Congress on Friday said it will “expose” the BJP during the upcoming assembly polls in Bihar.

Congress leader Kapil Sibal said the government issued a notification in 1997 that there will be reservation in promotions for Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST).

He said a petition was filed in the Madras High Court to implement that the notification and the court said that in Scale 1 to Scale 7 in government jobs as well as in banks, there will be reservation for Scheduled castes and scheduled tribes.

He said the central banks went for an appeal against this decision in the Supreme Court.

The apex court, he said, gave its verdict that there shall be reservation for SCs and STs for Scale 1 to Scale 6 (Dy. GM scale) and therefore dismissed the appeal of the banks.

Sibal said the central banks filed a review petition and the central government also did so.

“It may not be surprising because the people who consider ‘Manu Samiti’ and play double politics say that the next decade will belong to SCs and STs but file review petition.

“We would like to ask Modi Ji whether he is not sympathizing with the SCs and STs. The BJP had supported us earlier on an constitutional amendment. Why has it taken a U-turn today,” Sibal asked.

“We are judging this government by its policies which is anti-reservation and anti-SCs and STs,” Sibal added.

He demanded that the government should withdraw its review petition.

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