Quota for EBC, but legal challenges remain
With Friday's move to introduce 10 percent reservation for economically backward classes (EBC), the Gujarat government is poised to join the league...
With Friday's move to introduce 10 percent reservation for economically backward classes (EBC), the Gujarat government is poised to join the league of at least half a dozen states facing legal challenges for breaching the supreme court cap on quota.
In a bid to placate the agitating Patidar community for reservation in government jobs and educational courses, Gujarat government announced the 10 percent quota for EBCs. This was promptly rejected by Hardik Patel's Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS).
They claim that breaching the 50 percent cap on quota fixed by the apex court, will be questioned legally. Patidar leaders see this belated move as a plan to weaken their demand for OBC status. BJP which has been ruling Gujarat for 20 years have been on the back foot following reverses in civic body polls, especially in rural areas. The Congress party have made impressive gains in BJP strongholds in the polls held last year.
The leadership was quick to gauge the fact that the influential Patidars, who till last year formed their largest support base had deserted the BJP.