A day after the Supreme Court upheld the Center’s 10-member quota for the poor or EWS (economically weaker sections) in employment and education, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar called for a national census. while the Tamil Nadu party MK Stalin said that his government. will challenge the decision in court.
The Supreme Court said that the quota is not discriminatory and does not change the basic principles of the constitution. The decision is a major victory for the ruling BJP at the Centre, which had brought in a margin just before the 2019 general elections, when it won three major northern states.
MK Stalin’s DMK members will file a petition in the Supreme Court. “This decision goes against the principle of equality enshrined in the constitution,” the group said, noting that the quota was “contrary to social justice and equality” and a setback. back to the last century’s struggle for social justice.
Mr. Stalin also called for an all-party meeting on Saturday to discuss the way forward.
Nitish Kumar said that the 50 percent cap for reservation should be removed in the country.
“What the Supreme Court has decided is very good. We have always advocated for quota. But it is high time that the limit of 50 per cent is lifted. The cap deprives OBCs (Other Backward Classes) and EBCs (Extremely Backward Classes). ) of opportunity as per their population,” said Mr Kumar, an OBC leader who stood up in the country during the crisis in the Mandal Commission recommendations on quotas for the backward.
He called for a new plan of the size of various social groups, adding that he raised the need for a number of leaders with Prime Minister Narendra Modi last year.
“We were told that the state can hold such numbers. We have done the exercise. But this should be done at the national level. The issue of tribal population must also be reconsidered,” said the president.
Former BJP ally Mr Kumar scoffed at his statement, accusing him of being “unhappy” that poorer groups were getting quota.
The demand for removing the 50% cap was first made by RJD’s Lalu Yadav. Nitish Kumar ditched the BJP and formed a new government with the RJD in August.
The Congress has supported the Supreme Court’s decision.
“We accept it. Scheduled castes and tribes should get reservation on the basis of their population. Backward people should get reservation as per Mandal duties. We support the decision of the court,” said Bhupesh Baghel, Chief Minister of the Congress. – Ruler of Chhattisgarh.
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