Condemning Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan’s statement on reservation, BSP chief Mayawati today said it reflects the discriminatory “Manuvadi” mindset of the upper castes.
“…what Sumitra Mahajan has said on review of caste-based reservation in Ahmedabad raises doubt that it is an outcome of Manuvadi mentality,” Mayawati said in a statement.
“As it is, it is well known that when those having the narrow and dangerous mentality of the RSS speak about reivew, it amounts to ending this facility,” she said.
“Even before the issue of Dalit youth Rohith Vemula being forced to commit suicide because of casteist harassment could die down, a lady holding high constitutional post issuing this statement has added fuel to the fire,” she said.
The BSP president said, “If Rohith is denied justice even after death, it will be assumed Prime Minister Narendra Modi getting emotional while speaking about him at a function in Lucknow on Friday was a mere drama and his tears were in reality crocodile tears.”
Mayawati said in a country where one faced casteist behaviour based on his caste by birth at every level and in every sphere, talking about ending constitutional arrangements made to overcome this disparity will further encourage injustice and atrocities.
Mahajan had on Friday said, “I am not against reservations. Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar had put the cap on reservation for 10 years thinking that by that time we will be able to create such a society in independent India that everybody will come on the same level.”
Speaking to newspersons after a conference of presiding officers of Parliament and state legislatures, Mahajan had said after every 10 years, Parliament extends the reservations for another 10 years.
“This means we have not achieved Ambedkar’s wish of bringing all at the same level. After every 10 years all the parties just say yes to increasing the time limit of reservation,” she had said.