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New Delhi: Asserting that reservation is not a charity, Union minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ally Ram Vilas Paswan on Saturday said it is a constitutional right which nobody can abolish. His remarks come a day after Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) spokesperson Manmohan Vaidya kicked up a row over the issue.

Reservation is not a charity. It was provided by ‘Poona Pact’ between Rashtrapita Mahatma Gandhi and Baba Saheb Ambedkar. Till the caste system continues in the country, reservation will remain, the union food and public distribution minister said.

“Prime Minister has said it very categorically that reservation will continue in this country till he is alive. Reservation is a constitutional right and nobody can abolish it. 85 per cent of the people in country are benefiting from it and it is impossible to remove it," the Lok Janshakti Party president said in tweets.

On Friday in Jaipur, Vaidya appeared to be favouring a review of the reservation policy, saying even the architect of the Constitution B.R. Ambedkar had not favoured its continuance in perpetuity. He later clarified that RSS favours reservation and it should remain as long as discrimination continued.

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