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BSP chief Mayawati has demanded a bill that will allow reservation for SC/STs in popular quiz show “Kaun banega Crorepati” hosted by Amitabh Bachchan. Mayawati has called for a special session of Parliament to pass this bill.
Speaking to reporters outside Parliament, the BSP supremo said, “KBC is one of the most popular game shows in India, and it is very difficult to get oneself registered in the show. One has to make a hundreds of calls continuously to get into the show. Also, in the past 5 seasons, if you observe, the representation of SC/ST community has been very poor. Hence, our party demands that 50% reservations should be made for these communities, that is 5 out of every 10 contestants in every episode should be from the reserved category.”
The ex-CM of UP went on add, “Quota should also be provided in the Fastest Finger First Round of the show. Each question for the contestants from the reserved category must have 3 options instead of 4, and questions to the reserved category candidates must start directly from 80,000. If all this is not permissible through the existing rules, the authorities should do a rule book amendment.”
Expectedly, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav has vehemently opposed the move, and has received support from Sharad Yadav of JD(U) as well. “What about the OBCs? Don’t they deserve an equal right to share the hot seat with Amitabh Bachchan? This bill, if not extended to the OBC community, shall face our fierce opposition in both the Houses,” warned Mulayam.
The SP supremo also added that a measly Rs.5 crores doesn’t have much purchasing power these days. “This is era of arabpatis, not crorepatis. Producers should change name of show to Kaun Banega Arabpati to make it more relavent to the times,” he advised.
KBC producer, Siddhartha Basu, has agreed to the suggestions. “Mayawatiji and Mulayamji’s suggestions are excellent. The charm of the show lies in giving the aam aadmi a shot at winning huge sums of money. So it’s very apt that the participants be drawn from all sections of society. We’ll certainly make sure that we adhere to the quotas for SC/STs and OBCs as well, for which I have asked Central Government to furnish the list of OBC groups.”
Basu however cautioned the polity against pressing for ‘reservation in promotion’ in KBC. “Oh, if we had contestants getting promoted for wrong answers as well, the show will lose its charm and TRPs will plummet, hurting everyone in the process. We should confine reservation to promoting equality of opportunity, not equality of outcomes,” he noted.
Meanwhile the popularity of the show KBC 6 has soared to such an extent that the phone lines for KBC registration have been down for more than 8 hours. The Unreal Times has found out that 20% of these calls have been traced to Amar Singh, who is desperate to share stage with his ‘bade bhaiya’ once more.