On the second day of the National Executive Meeting of the Bharatiya Janata Party in Odisha, HRD Minster Prakash Javadekar said that a resolution was passed on Saturday thanking Modi government for giving constitutional status to National Commission for Socially and Educationally Backward Classes.
Hukum Dev Narayan presented the resolution and it was seconded by Shivraj Singh Chauhan, Dharmendra Pradhan and Raghubar Das.
Hitting out at the Congress, Javadekar said that the demands of the OBC were never given any serious thoughts and the Congress strategy was to use them as a vote bank. "It was the same with minorities, to talk about them as a vote bank but not give them any justice and help. This government has given them constitutional status like the SC commission earlier."
Calling it a historic decision of the Modi government, the HRD minister said that the OBC commission was completely powerless earlier.
Javadekar also said that the resolution condemns the manner in which the Congress and the other parties are playing politics and stalling the bill. "They played vote bank politics and suffered badly. In Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakahnd, Manipur our vote share has increased. In states like Odisha, we got 36 percent of the vote share. People are voting for progress, not on the basis of caste and creed. The Prime Minister has earned the trust of the poor people of the country. Demonetisation and the fight against black money was something which people could relate to. The resolution also spoke about Jan Dhan, Aadhaar and mobile phones being widely available to people now. Direct benefit transfers were made. This is a revolution for the poor."
Answering a specific query on the nature of OBC reservation, Prakash Javadekar said that they give justice to everyone and that they firmly believe in 'sabka saath sabka vikas'.
Javadekar also spoke about how the Deen Dayal Centenary pamphlet has been prepared to be sent to all households. Finance minister Arun Jaitley also gave a detailed presentation on GST and Power Minster Piyush Goel spoke about its benefits.