T’gana pulls back quota plea af­ter SC or­der

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - POLITICS POLICY -

As the lo­cal body elec­tions are al­ready due, the state will have no op­tion but to re­duce BC quota from 34% to 17%

Hy­der­abad: 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 en­su­ing sarpanch elec­tions as well as in all other pan­chay­ati raj and lo­cal body elec­tions, tak­ing the to­tal quota pro­por­tion to 67%.

Te­lan­gana’s con­tention was that such a 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 apex court. Te- lan­gana then with­drew its plea seek­ing per­mis­sion for quota en­hance­ment.

It may be re­called that the Hy­der­abad high court had ear­lier made it clear that all quo­tas put to­gether can­not ex­ceed 50% as per the judge­ment of the Supreme Court.

As the lo­cal body elec­tions are al­ready due, the state will have no op­tion but to re­duce BC reser­va­tion from 34% to 17%, be­cause the reser­va­tion for SCs and STs can­not be re­duced as the quota it was ac­corded to them in pro­por­tion to their pop­u­la­tion as man­dated by Ar­ti­cle 243 of the Con­sti­tu­tion.

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