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Government job quota for higher castes in India seen as political ploy by BJP

Ruling party says it will address inequality, but critics say beneficiaries are key voters

The introduction of affirmative action in government jobs for the upper caste in India is a political coup by Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the opposition, said analysts.

They added that the move would help consolidate the upper caste vote in the general election later this year, even though it would likely have limited impact in uplifting poorer sections among them.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 14, 2019, with the headline 'Govt job quota for higher castes seen as political ploy by BJP'. Print Edition | Subscribe