BHOPAL: With the opposition Congress working hard to corner the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government over its inability to get the High Court to put a stay on the increase in OBC reservation, the Madhya Pradesh government reiterated on Thursday, the reduction in OBC reservation to 13%. reiterated its commitment to growth (14%). Up to 27 percent in admissions to government jobs and institutions of higher education.
The Chief Minister chaired a meeting of the ruling BJP’s OBC cell in Bhopal on Thursday evening, which was attended by OBC ministers and MLAs. The marathon meeting, which lasted over three hours, decided to press for the final hearing of the writ petition in the MP High Court in March 2019 seeking 27% reservation to OBCs in government jobs and institutions of higher education in the state. was challenged. .
“On the next date of hearing in the matter, top advocates including state’s advocate general and country’s solicitor general Tushar Mehta and Ravi Shankar Prasad will approach the HC for final hearing in the matter and allow 27% reservation to OBCs,” said senior cabinet meeting. Later Minister Bhupendra Singh said.
Blaming the erstwhile Kamal Nath-led Congress government for the long-standing issue, Singh said, “The previous government pretended to increase the OBC reservation quota before the Lok Sabha elections on March 8, 2019. Two days later, a writ petition challenging the ordinance was filed before the HC, on which the HC had stayed the hike on March 19 through an interim order. On March 19, the state’s advocate general submitted before the court that the government wanted only 14% OBC reservation in appointments related to the Public Service Commission. Moreover, the then state government did not present its stand in the matter later, as none of the lawyers representing the then state government appeared before the court for one year in the matter nor against the interim stay of the HC. Appealed.
“Our government led by Shivraj Singh Chouhan is committed to 27% OBC reservation and is firmly taking its stand before the HC. On the next date of hearing our top advocate will argue for allowing 27% reservation to OBCs through the final hearing in the matter. We will work for OBC reservation both at the court and at the government level.
“Our government’s commitment to OBC welfare is best exemplified by a separate ministry for backward caste welfare,” he said.
Significantly, the four-day monsoon session of the MP Assembly was adjourned indefinitely for the second day on August 10, when the OBC MLAs of the opposition Congress, wearing black aprons, created a ruckus in the assembly, accusing the BJP government. Put it. Not doing anything concrete for 27% OBC reservation in the state.
With OBCs accounting for around 56% of the MP’s population, the Congress has been trying to corner the BJP government on the issue especially, keeping an eye on the by-elections to three assembly seats and one Lok Sabha seat, whose dates are yet to come. The rest are. Finalized by the Election Commission.
Importantly, all three BJP chief ministers in the state since 2003, including Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Uma Bharti and Babulal Gaur, have been powerful OBC leaders.
On March 8, 2019, Keeping an eye on the Lok Sabha elections, the Kamal Nath government had decided to increase the existing OBC quota from 14% to 27% in government jobs and admissions in institutions of higher education in the state through an ordinance.
Exactly two days later, medical PG course candidates had moved the HC seeking a stay against the operation of the ordinance. Nine days later, on March 19, 2019, the High Court had stayed the operation of the ordinance through an interim order.
The final hearing in the matter will reportedly take place in the first week of next month in the MP High Court.