After the Supreme Court’s quota order, Nitish Kumar revives the old demand

After the Supreme Court’s quota order, Nitish Kumar revives the old demand

After the Supreme Court’s quota order, Nitish Kumar revives the old demand

After the Supreme Court’s quota order, Nitish Kumar revives the old demand

Cap deprives OBC (Other Backward Classes) of opportunities, says Nitish Kumar


A day after the Supreme Court upheld the Centre’s 10 per cent quota in jobs and education for the poor or EWS (Economically Weaker Sections), Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar called for a nationwide caste census, while his Tamil Nadu counterpart M.K. Stalin’s party said that his government. will challenge the decision in court.

The Supreme Court said the quota was not discriminatory and did not alter the basic structure of the constitution. The verdict is a major victory for the ruling BJP at the Centre, which imposed the quota just ahead of the 2019 general elections after losing three crucial northern states.

MK Stalin’s DMK party will file a review petition in the Supreme Court. “The judgment hits the basis of equality enshrined in the constitution,” the party said, noting that the quota is “against social justice and equality” and retrograde for the age-old struggle for social justice.

Stalin also called for an all-party meeting on Saturday to discuss the way forward.

Nitish Kumar said the 50 per cent reservation cap in the country should be removed.

“What the Supreme Court decided was fair enough. We have always supported the quota. But it’s time for the 50 percent limit to be raised. The threshold disenfranchises OBCs (other backward classes) and EBCs (extremely backward classes). opportunities commensurate with their population,” said Mr. Kumar, an OBC leader who came into the national limelight during the unrest over the Mandal Commission’s recommendations for quotas for backward castes.

He called for a fresh assessment of the size of different social groups, adding that he had also raised the need for a caste census with Prime Minister Narendra Modi last year.

“We were told that states can conduct such counts. We have undertaken these exercises. But it should also be done at the national level. The issue of caste census should be reviewed,” said the Prime Minister.

Mr Kumar’s former ally the BJP mocked his comments, saying he was “obviously unhappy” about getting a quota for poor upper castes.

The demand to remove the 50 percent cap was first raised by Lalu Yadav of the RJD. Nitish Kumar dumped the BJP and formed a new government with the RJD in August.

The Congress party supported the decision of the Supreme Court.

“We welcome it. Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes should get reservations based on their population size. Backward Classes should get reservations as per Mandal Commission. We are in favor of the court’s decision,” said Congress Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel. – ruled Chhattisgarh.

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