This is a 'socio-economic thinking' and it must not be politicised, the Union Minister added
Maharashtra: Stating that reservation will not guarantee employment as jobs are shrinking, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, on Monday, said there is a 'school of thought' which wants policy-makers to consider the poorest of poor in every community.
Gadkari made the remarks responding to reporters' questions on the ongoing agitation by the Marathas for reservation and similar demands by other communities in Maharashtra.
"Let's us assume the reservation is given. But there are no jobs. Because in banks, the jobs have shrunk because of IT. The government recruitment is frozen. Where are the jobs?" he asked. "The problem with the quota is that backwardness is becoming a political interest. Everyone says I am backward. In Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, Brahmins are strong. They dominate politics. (And) They say they are backward," the senior BJP leader said.
This is a 'socio-economic thinking' and it must not be politicised, the Union Minister added.
Taking a swipe at Gadkari, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi tweeted, "Excellent question Gadkari Ji. Every Indian is asking the same question."
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