After a major setback to the state, Gujarat Government today moved the Supreme Court against the High Court order quashing an ordinance on 10 per cent quota for those belonging to the economically backward classes among the unreserved category
After a major setback to the state, Gujarat government on Tuesday moved the Supreme Court against the High Court order quashing an ordinance on 10 per cent quota for those belonging to the economically backward classes among the unreserved category. Gujarat government spokesperson and Health Minister Nitin Patel had earlier said that the government will stick to EBC quota and will challenge the High Court order as soon as possible. The government of Gujarat had announced a 10 per cent provision for EBC quota which was earlier quashed by the Gujarat High Court. After the repeal of the provision by a division bench of Chief Justice R Subhash Reddy and Justice V M Pancholi, the Gujarat government had said that it would appeal in the apex court regarding the EBC quota.
However, the Patidar agitation leader Hardik Patel had welcomed the verdict. He said that the court had already called the EBC quota unconstitutional and therefore, the agitation for reservation shall continue in the state. In an attempt to appease the strong Patel community in Gujarat after the consistent protests for reservation in educational institutions and government jobs under the OBC category led by Hardik Patel and Lalji Patel, state government issued an ordinance notifying 10 per cent quota for the EBC category. A group of petitioners had earlier challenged the May 1 ordinance calling it a violation against the Supreme Court’s order to provide 50 per cent ceiling for reservations. According to them, the additional 10 per cent reservation would further reduce the number of seats available to people belonging to general category in the state.