Sharad Pawar criticizing Center over ‘reservation’ in desperation: Union Minister Rane

Mumbai . Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Union Minister Narayan Rane on Friday hit out at Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar, saying that he would not support the central government on the issue of reservation. The criticisms are due to ‘desperation’. Rane was talking to reporters here as part of his ‘Jan Ashirwad Yatra’. Pawar had criticized the Centre’s decision to give to the states the right to consider a community as a backward and said that the Center served a full plate to the states. But his hands were tied.

He had asked the Center to implement a law to remove the 50 per cent ceiling fixed by the Supreme Court for reservation so that the states can increase the existing reservation limit. Responding to a question on Pawar’s statement, Rane said, “He is a sensible leader. They should know how to free their hands from bondage. He is criticizing the central government because of his frustration. Some of his accomplices may now go to jail… you know who they are.

“I have copies of the speeches made by the leaders of the opposition when the 120th Constitutional Amendment (restoration of the right of states to identify socially and educationally backward classes) was introduced in Parliament. He (Pawar) had never objected to it. ”

Rane said that the Modi government has given powers to the states and the opposition should study the Constitution. He said that the Maharashtra government should first bring out the report of the Backward Classes Commission.

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