Reservations Based on Religion Will Encourage Religious Conversions, Says Venkaiah Naidu
Union minister Venkaiah Naidu on Friday said implementation of reservations on the basis of religion may result in social unrest in the country and "lead to creation of another Pakistan".
Union minister Venkaiah Naidu on Friday said that architect of Constitution B R Ambedkar had opposed religion-based reservation. (Photo: PTI)
Hyderabad: Union minister Venkaiah Naidu on Friday said implementation of reservations on the basis of religion may result in social unrest in the country and "lead to creation of another Pakistan".
Speaking at a BJP meeting organised on the occasion of the Ambedkar Jayanthi, Naidu also hinted that Telangana's recent proposal to hike reservations for certain sections may not be constitutionally valid.
He also said that architect of Constitution B R Ambedkar had opposed religion-based reservation.
"We will oppose any such move because it will lead to creation of another Pakistan. It is an all India policy of the BJP. It is not the policy of Telangana unit of the BJP," he said.
Naidu said the BJP is against communal reservations.
Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao recently said his government would convene the Legislative Assembly on April 16 to pass a bill to increase quotas to the STs (Scheduled Tribes) and backward sections among Muslims.
Rao further said resolution once passed by the state Assembly will be sent to the Centre for its consent. He also warned that in the event of Centres descent, the state government may approach the Supreme Court.
"The BJP is in favour of reservation for those socially backward and are discriminated against. Reservations based on religion may lead to social unrest in the country. It would encourage religious conversions. It would create tension among various sections of the society," he added.
Naidu further said Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP are committed to realise Ambedkar's dream and complete the "unfinished" task of building a new India based on the foundation of equality of all and empowerment of all.
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