When the last caste census was conducted in 1931, how could the government argue for reservations? Congress leader Siddaramaiah has said that the BJP and RSS' approach to reservation has changed since the introduction of 10% reservation for Economically Weaker Sections among upper castes. Siddaramaiah claimed that the BJP, which has been in power for more than 12 years under Atal Bihari Vajapyee and Narendra Modi, has shown no interest in conducting a nationwide caste census. He suggested that the Union government show political will by conducting a caste census and passing a bill to eliminate the reservation cap and increase it to 60-70 percent.
The Supreme Court stated in the Indira Sawhney case that the top limit can only be adjusted beyond 50% in exceptional situations. The last caste census was conducted in 1931. How can the government argue for reservations?
Siddaramaiah said that, as chief minister, he had commissioned a caste census at a cost of Rs. 133 crore. "The report was rejected by the administration, which was led by H D Kumaraswamy. I strongly urge Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai to review the findings and present them to the House of Representatives. If Congress is re-elected, we will first accept the report and present it to the public for further consideration, "he added.
Former Karnataka Governor Rama Jois had challenged Karnataka's decision to give backward classes and women in panchayats a reservation in the Supreme Court, recalling that the BJP and RSS were anti-reservation and even had a hidden agenda of changing the Constitution, according to Siddaramaiah.
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