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OBCs of J&K feel 'cheated', 'backstabbed' by BJP leadership
11/22/2019 10:03:47 PM

Early Times Report
Jammu, Nov 22: Within 22 days after formal declaration of erstwhile J&K state into two Union Territories (UTs), there is a feeling among members the Other Backward Classes (OBCs) of J&K that they were 'cheated and betrayed' by the BJP leadership because there is no provision of implementing Mandal Commission report in the rules farmed for the newly carved Union Territory (UT).
OBC members were waiting for October 31-the date fixed for implementing rules in UT but now they are on the war path against betrayal of the Saffron Brigade. On Thursday, OBC declared war against anti-weaker BJP leaders for befooling OBCs. First meeting to mobilize OBCs and SCs against BJP's betrayal will be held on November 24 to chalk out future course of action.
Within minutes after abrogation of Article 370 on August 5, the OBCs were the first to hail this step as "revolutionary' to change destiny of the marginalized and neglected lot of J&K. Now the same community has warned to come on streets against "betrayal".
"Due to caste prejudice the BJP leadership has betrayed OBCs of J&K as there is no provision in Bill passed by the Parliament to extend reservation benefits for our community in the newly formed UT", a senior OBC leader said.
Elated over abrogation of Article 370, OBCs of J&K were hoping that recommendation of Mandal Commission will be extended to the newly carved UT but their hopes were shattered as there is no mentioning of the same in the Bill passed by the Parliament.
Union Home Minister, Amit Shah, while giving reply in the Rajya Sabha on August 5 had made it a point to mention that 52 percent OBCs population of J&K will the biggest beneficiaries of the decision of government to abolish Article 370.
But in the drafted Bill for the reorganization of J&K no mention of extending reservation benefits to OBCs of J&K. "It is clearly mentioned in the Bill that existing reservation rules of erstwhile J&K state will be continued in the newly carved UT so it is more like betrayal with OBCs", he said but asserted that OBCs will mobile people against anti-weaker section mindset of BJP leadership.
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