Rahul Gandhi's remark comes a day after Union Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, in reference to the ongoing Maratha agitation, said reservation would not guarantee employment as jobs were shrinking in the country.
"Let us assume the reservation is given. But there are no jobs. Because in banks, the jobs have shrunk because of IT. The government recruitment is frozen," Nitin Gadkari said responding to questions on Maratha quota protests.
Under the bill passed by the state legislature, quota for STs was increased to 10 per cent from the existing 6 per cent, while that for BC-E category (the backward sections among the Muslim community) increased to 12 percent from the existing 4 percent.
The BJP's victory in the twin civic polls, held on 1 August, comes in the midst of the ongoing agitation by the Maratha community for reservation in government jobs and education. The win is being seen as a relief to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, under fire over handling of the stir.
Affirmative action will be illusory if government employees from most backward communities - scheduled caste and scheduled tribes - are not given reservations in promotions, the centre's top law officer KK Venugopal told the Supreme Court on Friday. Mr Venugopal said SC/ST employees were presumed to be backward due to more than thousand years of deprivation and must get 22.5 per cent quota for in promotions.
âThe government is committed to Maratha reservation in a time-bound manner. It is our endeavour to ensure that when enforced, the reservation would be foolproof and withstand constitutional and legal scrutiny," Devendra Fadnavis said.