Rajat Sharma

Congress Tying Itself Up in Knots Over Gujarat Reservation

Aaj Ki Baat 28th Oct EpisodeIn an interview to India TV reporter on Friday, Gujarat OBC leader Alpesh Thakore has ruled out reservation for Patidars from OBC quota. The Patidar agitation leader Hardik Patel is presently busy extracting a promise of reservation from Congress, the party which Alpesh Thakore had joined last week. If one looks carefully at the statements of both Alpesh Thakore and Hardik Patel, it is clear that the Congress is stepping into a mire. Saying that the party would give reservation to Patidars is not sufficient. The party has to make it clear how it will implement it. On Friday, Bombay High Court stayed the Maharashtra government’s decision to provide reservation to Marathas. The same was the case with the reservation for Jats in Rajasthan. Haryana assembly had to pass a bill to give reservation to Jats. The same occurred in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, but none of the decisions stood the test in courts. It should be made amply clear that any reservation for Patidars in Gujarat can be implemented only through a Constitutional amendment. The Congress is not in power at the Centre. Hence its promise will automatically vanish into thin air. With election schedule announced in Gujarat, the Congress must clearly state in what manner it would implement reservation for Patidars. To me, it seems the Congress is tying itself up in knots while allying with Alpesh, Jignesh and Hardik.

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