BJP-RSS against reservations, doesn’t want SC/STs to progress: Rahul Gandhi after SC verdict

Following the Supreme Court upholding 2018 amendments to the SC/ST Act, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi targeted the BJP and RSS claiming that they are against reservations.

BJP & RSS’s ideology is against reservations. They never want SC/STs to progress. They are breaking the institutional structure, Rahul Gandhi said on Monday.

Saying it is in DNA of RSS and BJP to try and erase reservation, Rahul Gandhi said, I want to tell SC/ST/OBC and Dalits that we will never let reservations come to an end no matter how much Modi ji or Mohan Bhagwat dream of it.

The Supreme Court on Monday upheld the constitutional validity of the SC/ST Amendment Act, 2018, and said a court can grant anticipatory bail only in cases where a prima facie case is not made out.

A bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra said a preliminary inquiry is not essential before lodging an FIR under the act and the approval of senior police officials is not needed.

Justice Ravindra Bhat, the other member of the bench, said in a concurring verdict that every citizen needs to treat fellow citizens equally and foster the concept of fraternity.

Justice Bhat said a court can quash the FIR if a prima facie case is not made out under the SC/ST Act and the liberal use of anticipatory bail will defeat the intention of Parliament.

The SC verdict came on a batch of PILs challenging the validity of the SC/ST Amendment Act of 2018, which was brought to nullify the effect of the court’s 2018 ruling, which had diluted the provisions of the stringent Act.