Will not allow Census till demand on OBC headcount met: Tejashwi

RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav on Wednesday upped the ante on the issue of headcount of Other Backward Classes by declaring that he will “not allow any census in Bihar” unless the Centre acceded to the demand for coming out with the numbers of OBCs, besides the SCs and the STs. Yadav also lambasted the BJP … Read more

Assembly polls: BJP to send LED raths to all 403 seats in UP, outreach begins today

Following the ban on public rallies, the BJP in UP will send LED raths to all the 403 assembly constituencies starting January 15. “The LED raths will make people aware about the work done by the state and central governments and appeal to voters to vote for the BJP,” Swatantra Dev Singh, UP BJP president … Read more

Rs 8 lakh income criterion for EWS more stringent than one for OBC creamy layer: Centre to Supreme Court

The Centre has told the Supreme Court that the Rs 8 lakh income criterion for determining the Economical Weaker Section (EWS) is much more stringent than the one for the OBC creamy layer. The government, which has accepted the report of a three-member panel constituted to revisit the EWS criteria, said that firstly, the EWS’ … Read more

Maha Legislature passes resolution for postponement of local body polls in absence of OBC quota

The Maharashtra Legislature on Monday unanimously passed a resolution on the postponement of local body elections in the state in the absence of 27 per cent reservation for the Other Backward Classes (OBCs). Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar moved the resolution in the state Assembly that the upcoming local body elections be postponed until the … Read more

‘Goons making an exodus under Yogi government’: Amit Shah

Union Home minister Amit Shah on Sunday said criminals in Uttar Pradesh are making an exodus now, while earlier it was common man who was forced to flee by them. Shah praised UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath for his governance saying people were not afraid anymore to send their children to school. “Earlier, the law … Read more

‘Kalyan Singh set his own terms of engagement’

“Saints should always be judged guilty until they are proved innocent…,” British writer George Orwell began his essay – “Reflections on Gandhi” – thus in 1949, in which he painted a posthumous portrait of Mahatma Gandhi. Orwell’s yardstick is rigorously applicable to present-day politicians as well. Kalyan Singh, however, was an exception, as he neither … Read more

Congress didn’t give reservation to OBCs for 40 yrs, govt supported by BJP did: Union minister

The Congress did not give reservation to the OBCs for almost 40 years and it was finally granted by a government supported by the BJP, Union minister Bhupender Yadav said in Parliament on Tuesday. Speaking in the Lok Sabha on the Constitution (127th Amendment) Bill, he said the Kaka Kalelkar Commission had suggested reservation for … Read more

Centre’s neglect has cost states right to notify OBC list: Congress

The Narendra Modi government’s “negligence and lack of care” have resulted in a “blunder” while legislating the National OBC Commission, jeopardising the right of states to notify their own list of Other Backward Classes (OBCs), the Congress said on Saturday. Demanding immediate amendments to correct the flawed legislation, Congress MP and lawyer Abhishek Singhvi said … Read more

PM Modi reviews issue of OBC, EWS reservation in all-India quota of medical education

Prime Minister Narendra Modi reviewed the issue of OBC and EWS reservation in all-India quota of medical education and directed the ministries concerned to resolve it on priority, according to sources. In a meeting on Monday attended by Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Health and Family Welfare Minister Mansukh Mandaviya, secretaries of education, health and … Read more