BJP holds Congress responsible for delay in Reservation Bill

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Jaipur, Nov 22 (UNI) The ruling BJP today held the Opposition Congress as responsible for delay in Governor's nod to the Rajasthan Reservation Bill 2008, saying it did not take due initiative like the BJP and others concerned.

Talking to reporters here, party Spokesman Prakash Javadekar said the Opposition party should have taken initiative for making representation before the Governor for his approval to the Bill but since it wanted to delay it, it did not take any action.

He said the Bill which provides 5 per cent reservation to Gujjars and three other castes under most backward category and 14 per cent reservation to economically backward classes in unreserved higher castes was of vital importance for over 30 lakh families in these classes in the state.

The Bill was passed by the Rajasthan Assembly in July this year and since then it was pending before the Governor for his approval.

"Hence the BJP and some other concerned including Gujjar Reservation Action Committee have met the Governor requesting him to accord early approval to the Bill but Congress did not do so", Mr Javadekar said.

"There are instances when the Congress had taken initiative for early approval to certain Bills or papers from the Rashtrapati Bhawan or Raj Bhawans", he added.

Meanwhile, the saffron party also dismissed the "Charge Sheet" released by the Congress yesterday against the Raje Government, as "bundle of lies".


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