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Sena opposes caste-based job quotas

Friday 11 June 2004

MUMBAI: The Shiv Sena has reiterated its opposition to caste-based job reservations not only in the private sector, but even in public sector companies and government offices.

Senior Sena leader Subhash Desai told TNN on Wednesday that "there was nothing new" in his party’s opposition to the ruling Democratic Front’s move to reserve jobs for backward castes in private companies, which seek concessions from the state government with regard to sales tax, land et al.

"Our leader Bal Thackeray has consistently been maintaining that reservations should be based on the economic criteria and not on caste. Even Babasaheb Ambedkar had never visualised caste-based reservations to be a permanent feature. When the Mandal Commission report was filed, Balasaheb had openly opposed it," Desai stated.

Sources in the Sena said the party never gets Dalit votes and hence it does not stand to lose politically by opposing job reservations based on caste for this segment.

See online : The Times of India

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in The Times of India, Friday, June 11, 2004.

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