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BJD supports 10% quota bill, but dubs it impractical

New Delhi: The Biju Janata Dal (BJD) today reaffirmed its support for the bill seeking 10% reservation for poorer sections among the general category.

Speaking in the Rajya Sabha, BJD’s Prasanna Acharya that there is no question of opposing the bill. “We thank the government for bringing this Bill. They may have brought it late but at least they brought it. No one is opposing it. But, my only point is what the point of this rush is. We aren’t opposing the bill, but the intention of the govt”, he added.

He, however, argued that the Centre’s reservation bill may not stand the scrutiny of the law. So, it is practically impossible to accommodate nearly 98% of the population which is out of the purview of current reservation system within 10% quota, Acharya maintained.

Terming the reservation as a theory made before the Independence, he said, “I remember Ambedkar now. When the Constituent Assembly was made, there was reservation there too. Is this House competent to bring such a Bill? It may not stand the scrutiny of the law.”

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