BJP UP­BEAT ON 10% EWS QUOTA

The Sunday Guardian - - FRONT PAGE - RAKESH RAN­JAN NEW DELHI/AHMED­ABAD

The Bharatiya Janata Party is con­fi­dent of reap­ing the po­lit­i­cal ben­e­fits of pro­vid­ing 10% quota to the eco­nom­i­cally weaker sec­tions (EWS) of the Gen­eral Category. BJP strate­gists be­lieve that EWS reser­va­tion will help the party win over at least three dom­i­nant sec­tions—pati­dars or Pa­tels in Gu­jarat, Marathas in Ma­ha­rash­tra and Jats in Haryana and Ut­tar Pradesh—who have led mas­sive ag­i­ta­tions for reser­va­tion un­der the OBC quota.

The BJP is eye­ing to woo back these com­mu­ni­ties as, dur­ing the last five years, ag­i­ta­tion de­mand­ing reser­va­tion by these three seg­ments has caused an un­com­fort­able sit­u­a­tion for Bjp-led gov­ern­ments. No­tably, all these states—gu­jarat, Ma­ha­rash­tra, Ut­tar Pradesh and Haryana—are ruled by the BJP. In Gu­jarat, the BJP had faced the ire of the Pati­dars in the 2017 Assembly elections and fell short of 100 seats. A mas­sive ag­i­ta­tion led by Pati­dar leader Hardik Pa­tel was a key cause be­hind the BJP’S

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