Women Reservation Bill: Union Minister Kiren Rijiju on Thursday (September 21) hit back at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s statement regarding Secretaries of Other Backward Classes (OBC) during the discussion on the Women Reservation Bill. .
Earth Science Minister Kiren Rijiju wrote on social media, “This is for Shri Rahul Gandhi.” I hope they can understand after reading it.” He further said, ”Rahul Gandhi and Congress have raised questions about OBC representation in Parliament, whereas history presents a different story.”
What did Kiren Rijiju say?
BJP leader Kiren Rijiju said that the batch of secretaries currently working in the Government of India started their journey in 1992. During this period, the Congress Party remained in power for most of the time. In such a situation, why did they not pay attention to OBC representation?
He said let’s focus on the facts. No one’s OBC status is included in official records. Today India has an OBC Prime Minister, who is leading a government with a record-breaking 35 percent OBC representation among ministers. On the contrary, there is no OBC Prime Minister in the history of Congress. Congress has opposed OBC leaders like Charan Singh and Deve Gowda.
This is for Shri Rahul Gandhi & I hope he can read & understand it.
Rahul Gandhi and Congress have raised questions regarding OBC representation in Parliament. While history offers a different story.
Consider this: In 1992, the batch of Secretaries currently serving in the Government of India began their journey…
— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) September 21, 2023
Rajiv Gandhi mentioned
Kiren Rijiju said that Rajiv Gandhi opposed the Mandal Commission. In Indian politics, work matters more than speech. Rahul Gandhi’s questions should inspire Congress to consider its history and real contribution to OBC empowerment.
What did Rahul Gandhi say?
Rahul Gandhi said in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday (September 20), ‘‘One thing in my view (not having OBC quota) is the women’s reservation bill. Makes it incomplete. I wish that OBC reservation should have been included in this bill. ’’
He claimed that there are 90 secretaries in the Government of India out of which only three come from the OBC community.