Baghpat: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday pushed for a quota for the Most Backward OBCs (MBCs) and said that the government wants them to benefit from the reservation policies. “The government wants the most backward in OBCs to benefit more from reservation within the given limit. We have formed a commission to look into subcategorisation of OBCs,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in Baghpat on Sunday.
The plan has been work-in-progress for a number of years, it only received a momentum after the BJP won with a thumping majority in the Uttar Pradesh state assembly elections in 2017. This is arguably the first time PM Modi has mentioned MBCs in a rally. His comments are being viewed on the backdrop of the 2019 general elections. The MBCs who backed BJP and Modi in the 2017 state elections are believed to be crucial especially in Uttar Pradesh, where the BJP will be facing an alliance between Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party (SP-BSP).
The sub-quota was also considered during Rajnath Singh’s government in Uttar Pradesh in 200-2002 and it is believed that one of the primary objectives of the sub-quota is to move the MBCs away from SP and BSP. Though large in numbers, the MBCs are a scattered lot, as a result of which, they have not been politically represented. Modi’s announcement and subsequent action is likely to bring the lot together to politically support the BJP in 209 General Elections, especially in the states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.