UP Cong leader opposes quota in promotions

After divisions within the BJP on the issue of reservation in promotion, Vivek Kumar Singh, one of the eight Congress zonal presidents and MLA from Banda, has expressed his disagreement with the Congress-led UPA government over the issue, and urged Lok Sabha members to listen to their conscience before casting their vote on the constitutional amendment Bill.

"I oppose the central government's move to bring the reservation in promotion Bill. If introduced, it will be a gross injustice to those who have worked hard and have 'qualified' for their respective posts," Vivek Singh told The Indian Express on Wednesday.

"Those who are supporting it should ask themselves: Will they go to a 'promoted' doctor for a heart surgery? Or will they trust a doctor who has acquired his post through hard work?" he said. "When it comes to reservation, our Constitution does not employ the word 'community', then how come the government wants to bring a Bill for a specific community?" Singh said. "They are already being given reservation in jobs but now reservation in promotion makes little sense. Also, why not give extended reservation in military for them?" he said. Singh said this was his personal opinion which had nothing to do with the party.

Not in favour of Bill in present form: BJP

Striking government employees laid seize to the BJP state headquarters on Wednesday, and pelted stones even as a party spokesperson said the state BJP was against reservation in promotions. State BJP president Laxmikant Bajpai said the party was against the Bill in its present form and the party had communicated this to the central leadership. ENS

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