Union minister Nitin Gadkari today said the BJP government is committed to ensuring that the country attains prosperity and becomes free of socio-economic disparity so that citizens don’t “feel the need” for reservations.
“Poverty has no caste. Our economic policy is of employment generation. Our aim is to create a prosperous country, so that its citizens will not feel like asking for reservations,” he said, addressing a valedictory session of the two-day Maharashtra BJP Executive meeting here
“BJP’s goal is to create a country where there is no social and economic disparity. The party has also decided to observe the birth centenary of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya as the year for welfare of poor,” said the Union Shipping Minister.
Gadkari’s comments came in the backdrop of a series of protests by the Maratha community in Maharashtra which has been seeking reservations in government jobs and educational institutions.
The community, which is also demanding the modification of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, will hold a rally in Mumbai after Diwali this year.
Gadkari also targeted the Congress and NCP, saying that those who were in power never worked for the welfare of their community.
“But they remember their caste after being voted out of power. Such leaders want their community support only for power and their selfish interests,” he alleged.
Maharashtra BJP chief Raosaheb Danve said the state government will complete two years on October 31. “All workers should propagate the achievements of the government at the grass-root level,” he added.
Danve exuded confidence that the masses would support BJP in the ensuing local body elections but said the party has to strengthen its organisational network. He said many political workers are keen to work with the BJP and that party will honour all of them.