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MPs demand lifting 50% reservation cap, demand caste census

Samajwadi Party MP Akhilesh Yadav demanded the government to remove the 50 per cent cap, and also to hold a caste census.

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New Delhi, Aug 10 (UNI) Several MPs demanded lifting the 50 per cent limit for reservations and also demanded a caste-based census as Lok Sabha discussed The Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty Seventh) Amendment Bill.

The Bill restores powers of State governments to have their own list of Backward Classes.

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Samajwadi Party MP Akhilesh Yadav demanded the government to remove the 50 per cent cap, and also to hold a caste census.

Yadav quoted an old Socialist slogan that demanded 60 per cent reservation.

“Government should lift the 50 per cent limit on the reservation,” Yadav said.

He also demanded a caste-based census and said “If the centre does not agree we (SP) will hold it when we come to power in Uttar Pradesh”.

Anupriya Patel, Apna Dal MP and a minister in the central government, also demanded caste-based census.

“If we want the backward groups to benefit out of schemes, it is important to know their exact population. I hope the NDA government will do a caste-based census in 2021 to find out the exact number of backward groups,” Patel, whose party is an important ally for BJP in Uttar Pradesh, said.

AIMIM MP Asaduddin Owaisi also urged the government to do away with the 50 per cent limit for reservations and also demanded that Dalits among Muslims should get reservations.

“Government should take proactive steps to break the 50 per cent ceiling for reservations. This is a golden opportunity,” Owaisi said participating in the debate.

He also urged the government to neutralize the Presidential Order of 1950, which bars scheduled castes among Christians and Muslims from getting benefits of reservations.

“The 1950 Presidential Order should be neutralized. It is against equality. Make it religion-neutral, why should the Dalit Muslims and Christians suffer,” he said.

Participating in the debate, Janata Dal (United) leader Rajiv Ranjan demanded a caste-based census. Supriya Sule of NCP demanded that the creamy layer should be reviewed every three years. At present Rs. 8,00,000 per annum is the limit for a creamy layers for getting benefits of OBC reservations.

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