In what is sure to put Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) led-NDA in hot water, Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Ramdas Athawale has called for reservation to be included in the Indian army as well as Indian cricket. The controversial Union Minister ridiculed the top forces of the country by suggesting that reservation in army will bring forward a number of people to join the organization.
First putting forward his demand in sports, especially cricket, he said, "If there is reservation in cricket and other sports, the boys from our community will play better, get training and do practice."
Not keeping his wishes restricted to cricket, Athawale went on to state that the Indian army should also be a part of reservation. "There should be reservation in army and all the other sectors. Rajya Sabha should also have reservation given Lok Sabha already has it," he added.
Further giving the reasons behind reservation in army, the RPI(A) leader explained, "I once said that the salary in army is over Rs 50,000. Rather than working for Rs 5,000-10,000 as contract labour, you go to army, where people think you'll die early, but I fell they don't die early because war with Pakistan isn't impossible.
"People living here drink a lot of alcohol, get heart attack (sic), get cancer and die in accidents. This means people going to army aren't the only one who die, but instead, they get strong. Hence, there should be reservation in army, this is what I am asking from my party."
Prior to making these comments, Athawale mocked the struggles faced by the common man due to the huge increase in fuel price. "The prices of petrol and diesel should decrease. The government is taking close look as to why the prices have increased. Dharemendra Pratap, who is the petroleum minister, has been given the responsibility.
"I am not concerned. Because I am a minister, I get fuel for free. If I lose my position, then I will be concerned. The increase of prices has concerned the public, we understand, and the government is trying to decrease the prices."