Strongly defending the recent constitutional amendment to create 10% reservation in jobs and education for economically weaker sections (EWS), Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday alleged that certain self-centred forces in Tamil Nadu were trying to create an atmosphere of suspicion and mistrust among people on the new quota.
The Dravidian parties in Tamil Nadu have strongly opposed the new reservation, with the DMK and the Dravidar Kazhagam challenging it in the Madras High Court.
Against this backdrop, Mr. Modi, who was in Madurai to lay the foundation for an All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), urged people to be “vigilant” about such forces. He also alleged that the Opposition had come together setting aside all other considerations to “remove this watchman (him)” who would not spare “anyone who has looted the country”.
Addressing a massive public meeting organised by BJP, the Prime Minister said the Centre was committed to providing employment opportunities and education to all segments of the society.
“It was with this spirit, we brought the 10% reservation in education and employment to the poor among the general category in such a way that it did not impact the Dalits, tribals and Other Backward Classes who are already getting benefits of reservation,” he argued.
However, he said, it was unfortunate that suspicion and mistrust was being created by a few people in Tamil Nadu to serve their own self-interest. “I urge all of you to remain vigilant against such negativity. Any political thought which opposes the poor cannot ever penetrate anyone,” he said.
Mr. Modi also said effective steps were being taken to rid the country of corruption and nepotism. “Any person, who has cheated or looted the country, would be brought to justice, regardless of whether he is within the country or abroad,” he said. All those who were involved in corruption in government contracts, defence procurement and welfare schemes would face the music. “That’s why they all are coming together saying that they must unite to remove this ‘watchman’ [himself], keeping aside all other considerations,” he said.