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Congress cites Modi’s support for OBC Muslim quota in Gujarat to blunt attack on Karnataka matrix

“Does this mean that other parts of society (where caste is not mentioned) do not have castes? Is there no discrimination? Aren’t they retarded?”

He adds, “In my Gujarat, in the Muslim community, there are 70 castes that are categorized as OBC. In my Gujarat they get OBC benefits.”

In the interview, recorded ahead of the assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Modi was responding to a question on communal and caste-based polarization during elections.

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Similarly, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had earlier clarified that “Backward Classes (BC) reservations for Muslims have existed since 1977” and the same has “passed legal scrutiny”. Currently, 36 Muslim castes in the state are eligible for reservation under Category I (most backward) and Category II (A) (relatively more backward) of the state’s quota matrix. Apart from this, the rest of the community is determined to be “more backward”, which entitles it to 4 percent reservation under Category II (B), which applies only to Muslims.

At a public meeting in Karnataka last month, Modi had claimed: “Once again, Congress has created reservations on the basis of religion through backdoors in Karnataka by including all Muslim castes among the OBCs. By doing this it has taken away a large chunk of reservations from the OBC community.”

Ramesh’s post came a day after BJP’s Karnataka unit posted an animated video showing a character resembling Congress leader Rahul Gandhi ‘disempowering’ OBC, SC and ST communities.

Modi had targeted the Congress in a series of attacks in recent weeks, claiming that the party plans to ‘take away’ reservations from SC, ST and OBC communities and ‘give them to Muslims’.

For example, last month in Agra he claimed: “The Congress is determined to steal from the OBC quota to allow reservation on the basis of religion.”

“Reservations for the SC, ST, OBC and economic backwards of the general category will never be looted… Your (Congress) intention is to loot the reservation and give it to Muslims. I challenge the Shehzada of Congress to declare that they will never misuse the reservation on the basis of religion,” he reiterated in Gujarat on Wednesday. A day later in Gujarat, he said: “Now they want to steal the ST, SC, OBC reservation and give it away to Muslims.”

(Edited by Amrtansh Arora)

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