Uttar Pradesh: The panel, set up by Yogi Adityanath govt, suggested that Yadavs and Kurmis were economically and politically influential and restricted their quota to 7%.
Lucknow: The Yogi Adityanath-led Bharatiya Janata Party government has triggered a political storm in UP after the four-members social justice committee set up by the state government suggested that out of the total 27% quota earmarked for the Other Backward Class (OBC), only 7% should be allotted to the Yadavs and the Kurmis. The committee was formed to categorise various sub-castes within OBC in Uttar Pradesh.
As per the panel, the two castes were culturally, economically and politically influential. While Yadavs are the core supporters of the Samajwadi Party, the Kurmis form the crucial vote base for Apna Dal, a BJP ally in the state. The justice Raghvendra Kumar-led committee has categorised a total number 79 sub-castes within the OBC, the Times of India reported. The report submitted by the panel to the UP government has recommended most of the benefits for the More Backward Classes, including Lodh, Kushwaha and Teli, proposing 11% quota for them.
The report is expected to be tabled by Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP) chief and BJP ally Om Prakash Rajbhar, who is Backward Welfare Minister of the statin the state assembly during the winter session.