Taking a dig at former Punjab chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh for favouring reservation for Jat Sikhs under the OBC category, Dal Khalsa head HS Dhami has said as Jat Sikhs enjoyed higher status in the social hierarchy the economic criteria, not caste, should be made the basis of reservation for them.
Dhami supported reservation for the economically weaker section of society irrespective of caste. He blamed Amarinder for issuing provocative statements to blackmail the Akali Dal in joining his bandwagon.
Amarinder, in Chandigarh, said in case the Jats in Punjab are not able to get the benefit of reservation under the OBC category, the onus will be squarely on Parkash Singh Badal and his deputy chief minister son Sukhbir Singh Badal.
Admitting that thousands of farmers have small land holdings who are barely managing to make ends meet, Dhami supported reservation to such economically weaker sections.
Dhami said instead of demanding reservation for a particular caste, Amarinder should choose right words and raise his demand of making the economic criteria the basis.
Taking on Amarinder and Badals, he said the issue of inclusion of Jat Sikhs in the OBC category was against the spirit of Gurmat and Sikh doctrine of casteless and classless society.
He said the competitive politics being resorted to by the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal and the Opposition Congress in Punjab on the issue of inclusion of Jat Sikhs in the OBC category would prove another step in vitiating the fragile social fabric of Punjab.