Ashok Gehlot’s move on OBC quota hike, census opposed by colleagues | Jaipur News

JAIPUR: Chief minister Ashok Gehlot‘s decision to raise the OBC quota from 21% to 27% and demand caste-based census did not go well with his own party elected representatives.

At the political affairs meeting held in Jaipur on Friday, Congress Working Committee member Raghuveer Meena and former cabinet minister Raghu Sharma expressed their disappointment over the CM’s decision.
Meena, a tribal leader, was unimpressed with Gehlot talking about the OBC quota in the tribal heartland during Congress MP Rahul Gandhi’s public address at Mangarh Dham on August 9.

The OBC quota does not apply in Tribal Sub Plan areas, so Meena told Gehlot that making the announcement amid the tribal people was politically unwise and may harm the party in the upcoming assembly polls.
Sharma raised similar apprehensions about the caste-based census and its impact on other communities in the election year.
TOI called Meena for his reaction, but he didn’t respond. “Meena conveyed his reservation on the subject in the meeting.
“Gehlot said that what all he says (Mangarah Dham) says with great understanding,” said a source.
He was reminded that Gehlot had mentioned all schemes and initiatives including the decision of spending Rs 100 crore on the development of Mangarh Dham in the same speech. Meena later agreed to the clarification given to him,” said a source.
Sharma said, “We are in a position to win an election but if we continue to take decisions in haste like caste census which will counterproductive.”
Gehlot responded in a stern way and said, “What was said in the public meeting before the Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was part of national policy. It can’t be altered.”
Sharma’s comments in the meeting went viral resulting in his trolling on Twitter.
Reacting to the snubbing by Gehlot, cabinet minister Pratap Singh Khachariyawas told TOI, “Those who have spread the misinformation are generators of misinformations. On the contrary to the news reports, CM Gehlot praised my role as countering the attacks of the state BJP and PM Narendra Modi.”
A senior Congress leader said that Gehlot’s snubbing of senior party leaders is intended to set the house in order. “The message was clear that if you do not toe the party line you will face the wrath of the party and leaders,” said the leader.

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