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News Snippets

  • SC says it will revisit its definition of 'Hindutva' in the light of growing hate speeches
  • Indigo reduces the flying ban on stand-up comic Kunal Kamra to three months after an inquiry committee finds that it was a Level 1 offense not meriting a 6-month ban
  • Akali Dal MP Naresh Gujral says Delhi Police did not act on his phone call asking them to help 16 people trapped in riot-hit areas
  • AAP councillor Tahir Hussain, booked for murder and arson, says he is being framed
  • New HC bench allows the Delhi Police plea that the situation is no conducive to the filing of FIRs and also allows the Centre to become a party to the case
  • Justice S Muralidhar of the Delhi High Court, who was part of the bench that pulled up the Delhi Police for not filing FIRs against BJP leaders for hate speeches, transferred to Punjab HC
  • Two Special Investigation Teams (SITs) of Crime Branch in Delhi Police have been formed under DCP Joy Tirkey and DCP Rajesh Deo. The teams will immediately take over the investigations of the cases related to northeast Delhi violence. Both the teams will be under the supervision of BK Singh, additional commissioner of police (Crime Branch)
  • Sporadic violence was reported from riot-hit areas in the capital as the intensity of the madness seems to have abated. The death toll has risen to 37
  • Special DG (Training) in CRPF, S N Shrivastava, appointed special commissioner (law & order) in Delhi Police in order to quell the violence. He is also expected to take over as chief of Delhi police once Amulya Patnaik's term ends on February 29
  • Curfew and shoot at sight orders reportedly in force in some areas, but Delhi Police HQ does not issue a notice for the same
  • The Central government has pressed paramilitary forces to control the riots in Delhi
  • Mobs in Delhi target journalists, check them for religious identity and snatch equipment
  • 13 people deal until now in one of the worst spells of violence in Delhi
  • Violence in Delhi shows no signs of abating with fresh areas in the north-eastern part of the capital coming under its grip
  • Delhi High Court says DGCA was wrong in approving the flying ban on stand-up comic Kunal Kamra by airlines other than Indigo for his alleged misbehavior with TV anchor Arnab Goswami aboard an Indigo flight
Delhi Police file a case for murder and arson against Aam Aadmi Party councillor Tahir Hussain. Hussain is believed to have played a role in the murder of IB staffer Ankit Sharma whose body was found in Jafrabad
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UP: Pushing OBCs To The SC List To Create Vote Banks

By Linus Garg

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Sunil Garodia Linus tackles things head-on. He takes sides in his analysis and it fits excellently with our editorial policy. No 'maybe's' and 'allegedly' for him, only things in black and white.

All politicians are adept at creating vote banks. While some do it with whole communities, others try to divide and sub-divide communities to do so. The Uttar Pradesh government has sent a letter to district administrators to treat 17 Other Backward Classes (OBCs) as Scheduled Castes (SCs). This is illegal and a blatant attempt to play vote bank politics.

But this is nothing new for the state. Both Mulayam Singh Yadav and his son Akhilesh Yadav had attempted it in the past. They wanted to move some OBCs to the SC list so that the influence and dominance of the Yadav's increased. But both attempts were scuttled for the simple reason that the state government has no authority to tinker with these classifications. Under Article 341 of the Constitution, only the Parliament is vested with the powers to make changes to the SC list.

The Yogi Adityanath government in UP has tried to bring back a 2016 notification by the then state government that wanted these OBCs to be included in the SC list. But that matter is sub judice and the UP government should have considered that before making the announcement. Union minister for Social Justice and Empowerment was quick to denounce the move. He clarified that the state government could not initiate the process on its own and had to ask the Centre for the inclusion which has to be cleared by the Parliament. He advised the UP government to follow due process.

But the urge to carve out a dedicated vote back among the OBCs by moving them to the SC list is too strong and successive governments in UP have tried to do so. Only Mayawati has resisted the temptation as she knows that if the SC list is inflated, opportunities for the existing castes would reduce. The UP government should withdraw the circular immediately and desist from making illegal moves just to create vote banks.