New Delhi, Sept. 22: The Congress today seized on two issues offered by the government and the Sangh parivar - right to privacy and reservations - in the belief that youths and backward castes in Bihar would react strongly to the proposals despite the BJP's swift retreat.
The Opposition party described RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat's call for a review of the reservation policy as part of a "divisive agenda to undermine the rights of the deprived and underprivileged", and condemned the Modi government's "draft policy on encryption" as a conspiracy to curb individual freedom.
Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said: "Bhagwat's suggestion is a reflection of the anti-poor mindset of the RSS. The Congress is of the firm opinion that affirmative action for SCs, STs and OBCs must continue."
At the same time, the Congress said it was in favour of considering quotas for the poor among the upper castes without diluting the existing reservation policy.
The BJP has distanced itself from Bhagwat's call. The government has also withdrawn its draft encryption policy after a public outcry.
Surjewala said: "Subjugation of individual freedom, surveillance of the citizen and suppression of the dissent have emerged as the DNA of the Modi government."
He added: "The draft policy on encryption is a totalitarian, misconceived and failed attempt of the government to override all sense of individual freedom and right to privacy."