Sunday, April 11, 2010

[ZESTCaste] Gopinath Munde bats for OBC reservation

Gopinath Munde bats for OBC reservation
Kiran Tare / DNA

Sunday, April 11, 2010 0:25 IST

Mumbai: The Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) deputy leader in the Lok
Sabha, Gopinath Munde, demanded that there should be a reservation for
Other Backward Castes (OBC) among women candidates in the assemblies
and Lok Sabha, on Saturday. He also disclosed his desire to work on a
national movement for the OBCs.

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"The OBC women should have a separate quota. I will persevere with my
party to see my point of view on this," Munde said, while speaking at
a felicitation function by the All India Muslim OBC Organisation at
Birla Matoshree Auditorium. Deputy chief minister Chhagan Bhujbal was
also present at the function.

Munde also demanded that OBCs' count be included during the upcoming
census exercise. "OBCs' count should be included in the census. It has
not been done so far because some people fear that the OBCs will come
together once they know their true strength. This will be the first
time that OBCs will not be taken into consideration in the census,
which includes the count of cattle and domestic animals too," he said.

Munde said that he was willing to work for a national movement of
OBCs, under the leadership of Bhujbal. Bhujbal said the budgetary
allocation for OBCs was not being utilised fully. "Even the allocation
for SC/STs remains unutilised to a great extent. There should be 27
per cent reservation for OBCs in the Lok Sabha," he said.

Munde's statement has surprised political observers. "Munde has been
reportedly sulking in the BJP since the last three years. His desire
to work with Bhujbal, another heavyweight OBC, is an indication that
he wants to launch an OBC pressure group in the state," an observer

Munde had said that had he left the Jan Sangh and continued working
for the RSS he would have been able to do some social work. "But once
you join the BJP there is no exit," he said at the party's state
conclave in Jalgaon.

There were reports before the last year's assembly election that Munde
and Bhujbal could come together to launch a separate political outfit.
Both of them refuted the reports.


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