Prime Minister Narendra Modi has refuted reports claiming that the caste-based reservations would end and clarified that reservation was here to stay.
In an interview to a news agency, PM Modi said: "The objectives of our Constitution and dreams of Dr Babasaheb are still incomplete. It is the responsibility of every one of us to fulfill his dream and reservations are an important tool to achieve this."
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"Reservation is here to stay. Let there be no doubts about this," he added.
Stating that the dreams of Babasaheb were the strength of the nation, the PM said that his government was committed to fulfiling them and turning them into reality.
"The dreams of Babasaheb are the strength of this nation and we are committed to fulfilling them. Our mantra is Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas and to achieve this, it is most important to protect the rights of the poor, marginalised, downtrodden, Dalits, tribals and OBCs," the prime minister told ANI.
The prime minister attacked those with "vested interests" and said those who are constantly spreading canards on the issue of reservation and are politicising it, are the same people who have always crushed Babasaheb's dreams.
"Before any crucial election, there are vested interest groups who will raise a bogey that Bharatiya Janata Party will abolish reservations and sections of the media will amplify this," he said.
"They are trying to sow seeds of doubt and mistrust among the weaker sections of society. But, the people of India are wise and they will not believe this propaganda. Look across the length and breadth of India, maximum MPs and MLAs from SC, ST and OBC communities are from BJP," he added.
(With inputs from ANI)
Watch details of full interview here: