Congress Promises Quota For Uttar Pradesh’s Most Backward Classes


Lucknow: Congress party has upped its game in Uttar Pradesh by opening a new front and targeting a new constituency. The party announced on Saturday that if it comes to power in the state after the forthcoming Assembly elections it would introduce a quota for the most backward classes (MBC) in the state.

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Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said that leaders of the most backward communities met party vice president Rahul Gandhi during his recent tour of the state and told him that only a few groups or sub-castes get all the benefits of the 27 per cent OBC quota.

Further, Mr Azad said a delegation of 100-200 people called on Rahul Gandhi in Delhi and told him that the most backward communities are being ignored and that a quota should be created for them out of the 27 per cent reservation fixed for OBCs.

After meeting the delegation Mr Gandhi decided to include it in the party's manifesto for the upcoming election and will implement it if the party comes to power, he informed.

Mr Azad also said that earlier Congress governments in Karnataka, Haryana, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh have already enacted laws for reservation within reservation. As many as 10 states already have such provisions, he added.

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