Just before Prime Minister Narendra Modi's address in the Rajya Sabha on the motion of thanks brought on the President's address, BJP MP Surendra Singh Nagar fiercely attacked the Congress. Putting Congress in the dock of being anti-OBC and Dalit, Nagar said that it is the Modi government which is dedicated to Babasaheb Ambedkar and is working to implement his ideas. Also alleged that from Jawaharlal Nehru to Rajiv Gandhi have been creating obstacles in OBC reservation. Congress has always been anti-OBC. Whereas BJP did the work of giving proper representation to OBCs from Parliament to Assembly.
Attacking Rahul Gandhi, Surendra Nagar said that there is a Congress leader who sometimes tells his caste and sometimes even his gotra. Not only this, sometimes he also shows his sacred thread, but from time to time he also keeps changing his face and words and nowadays he is remembering the OBCs. It is well known what Congress' thinking is towards OBCs. Nagar said that after independence, three commissions were formed for OBC reservation, these three commissions were formed during the period of non-Congress government.
BJP MP Nagar said that it is the good fortune of the OBC community that after so many years of independence, the country got an OBC Prime Minister in the form of Narendra Modi. BJP did the work of giving proper representation to OBCs from Parliament to Assembly. BJP has the highest number of MLAs and MPs. Not only this, the figures of OBC ministers were kept in the Modi cabinet. Before Surendra Singh Nagar, at the time of Women's Reservation Bill, BJP National President JP Nadda and Union Home Minister Amit Shah had also targeted Rahul Gandhi and Congress by revealing the number of OBC MLAs and MPs of their party. In such a situation, the question arises, is BJP really at the forefront in giving representation to OBCs?
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OBC MLA-MP of BJP
Before the assembly elections of five states, Amit Shah, while speaking on the issue of OBC in the Parliament, had said that there are 29 ministers from the OBC community in the Modi government at the Centre. Shah said that out of all the BJP MPs in Parliament, 85 are from the OBC community, which is 29 percent of the total members of the party. After this he said that out of 1,358 BJP MLAs across the country, 365 MLAs are from OBC community, which is 27 percent. The same figure was also presented by JP Nadda and Amit Shah in the Parliament and openly challenged the Congress to debate on the issue of giving representation to OBCs. The data of its OBC MPs released by BJP includes members of both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. Apart from this, the categories of Center and State have been kept in one.
OBC share in Parliament
Trivedi Center for Political Data (TCPD) has released a data on the representation of castes for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Out of the total 543 Lok Sabha MPs in the country, the number of general category MPs is 42 percent and OBC representation is 22 percent. According to the Mandal Commission survey, the OBC population in the country is 52 percent. In this respect, OBC representation is not even half.
According to TCPD, BJP has 18.8 percent OBC MPs while Congress has 25 percent OBC MPs. 28.4 percent won from regional parties. In this context, 57 MPs of BJP are OBC while 12 MPs of Congress are from OBC community. Along with this, TCPD has also given another data, in which some castes are OBC in different states, but are not in the central category. If we look at their figures, such MPs are 15.5 percent in BJP and 7.7 percent in Congress. 14.8 percent are from regional parties.
Bihar-UP assembly data
Out of the total 243 assembly members in Bihar, there are a total of 153 OBC MLAs while 68 MLAs are from the general category. There are 48 MLAs from Dalit community, ST 2 and one from others. RJD has the highest number of OBC MLAs, followed by BJP and then JDU. If we look at the number of 403 assembly members of UP, 170 MLAs are from OBC community while 140 are from upper castes, which also includes Muslim MLAs. In UP, the maximum number of OBC MLAs have won from BJP while the number from SP is second. One MLA has been elected from BSP, he is also an upper caste whereas among the two MLAs won from Congress, one is upper caste and one is OBC.