Kolhapur, Jan 13 : Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) President Sharad Pawar expressing his doubts over NDA government's move to allow 10 per cent quota for EWS (Economically Weaker Section) among the general category said on Sunday that the suit is likely to get stuck in legal process.
In a press conference here, Mr Pawar said, "The Supreme Court has already made it clear to the government that it cannot give reservation above 50 per cent. Moreover, the Parliament has no right to fiddle with the constitution."
"Therefore," he said, "this quota will not pass the test of law," adding that the quota breaches the 50 per cent reservation ceiling and alters the “basic structure” of the Constitution and annuls previous binding judgments of the top court.
Calling the upper caste EWS quota a political gimmick, the minister further said this is Prime Minister Narendra Modi's another political stunt as he is well aware of people's mood, who are not happy with his government and want to change it. "These steps are taken in the wake of BJP's failure in three state assembly elections," he added.
"The Prime Minister seeks to announce more such decisions, which should have been done in past four years instead of now when Lok Sabha elections are fast approaching," Mr Pawar said.
He further alleged that the relief act for Small and Medium Enterprises (SME's) is another of their (NDA government's) stunt to befool the Indian businessmen and will benefit no one in particular.
Taking a similar jibe at central government's plans on FRP (Fair Remunerative Price) , Mr Pawar said, "It is just not possible for sugar factory owners to pay FRP in one time payment. They will need loan from banks."
On union transport minister Nitin Gadkari's statement that the excess of sugar production should sink in the sea, Mr Pawar remarked that Mr Gadkari was constantly 'free-meditated' on different subjects. However, his suggestion to make ethanol from sugarcane is a good idea and he would like to discuss it with the latter himself.
On meeting with Congress president Rahul Gandhi on seat-sharing , Mr Pawar said there was a feud on only three seats including Amravati, Jalna and Aurangabad Loksabha constituencies, out of total 48 seats in Maharashtra State, which was not consensus during the discussion, have now been decided to be granted to those who would fight there effectively.
Speaking on joint campaign, he also said Mr Gandhi is likely to organise joint meetings in main cities including Mumbai, Pune, Aurangabad, Nashik. (UNI)