BJP for quota, and merit too

New Delhi, May 29 | Updated: May 30 2006, 05:30am hrs
Taking a middle path on the quota issue, the BJP on Monday said it supports reservations in higher educational institutions, but demands a share for the economically weak among the upper castes too.

The BJP had supported the Constitution amendment to provide reservations in higher educational institutions. However, while doing so, any attempt at divisiveness must be avoided. The fabric of the society must not be damaged, said BJP chief Rajnath Singh, in his presidential address to the partys national executive here.

However, while the party wanted the creamy layer among the socially deprived sections to be kept out and disfavoured religious-based quotas, it wanted to ensure that the space for merit is not squeezed and excellence of institutions is not compromised.

Besides, the BJP reiterated its opposition to the exclusion of minority institution from reservation. Mr Singh said the Centres object is not social justice but to create social tensions. But, political experts see the BJPs stand as a result of realisisation that it stood to gain nothing by endorsing the governments proposal, while the OBC votebank was likely to be inclined towards the UPA and other regional outfits.