CM Gehlot advocates OBC quota in women’s reservation bill


On Thursday, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot mentioned that the women’s reservation bill has been welcomed by everyone, however, it is incomplete without OBC reservation and the caste census.
While addressing the reporters at an event in Jaipur, Gehlot said the bill has been brought for political gain with an eye on upcoming elections under the pressure of the opposition.
He stated, “If they (Centre) wanted, they could have done it nine years ago because they had the full majority. If you have the majority then the work becomes easy. Even then they did not do it.” “Now elections are also coming. It is understood that if the opposition (India alliance) is raising the issue of caste census, then caste census is also important.”
“The Government of India itself should come forward and do what Sonia Gandhi and many opposition parties felt that you should give reservation to SC/ST/OBC. Make a reservation for them also in the 33 per cent reservation for women. Then only, all castes, all classes will get a chance to come under it,” the Chief Minister said.
Responding to a question on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s proposed visit on September 25, Gehlot said, “Modi ji, Amit Shah ji should set up a camp in Rajasthan permanently. They have to come again and again.”
The Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam, which will reserve one-third of seats in the Lok Sabha and state assemblies for women, received the Parliamentary nod on Thursday as the Rajya Sabha voted unanimously in favour of it.