Telangana cannot breach 50% quota cap, rules apex court
Hyderabad: In a move that may have repercussions for Maharashtra’s Maratha quota, Telangana withdrew its plea to increase reservation quota for Backward Classes (BCs), SCs and STs in Panchayati Raj and other local bodies after Supreme Court on Friday refused to allow the state to enhance the quota beyond 50%.
The state had sought permission for 34% reservations for BCs, 24% to SCs and 9% to STs in the sarpanch elections as well as in other panchayati raj and local body elections, taking the quota proportion to 67%. Telangana’s contention was that permission was essential as the population of BCs, SCs and STs is higher in Telangana. The SC bench told the Telangana counsel that under no circumstances can the state cross the 50% upper cap fixed earlier by the SC. Telangana then withdrew its plea seeking permission for quota enhancement.
The Hyderabad HC had earlier made it clear that all quotas together cannot exceed 50% as per the SC judgment. With this, the state will have no other option but to put pressure on the Centre to bring in a legislation that allows the Centre and states to increase quotas.