A state minister stated that the Madhya Pradesh state government will approach the Supreme Court against the High Court of Madhya Pradesh to stay order on 27% reservation for other backward classes (OBC).
The Government decided to increase reservations for OBC from 14% to 27% but the Court has put up a stay on this decision.
The Decision of moving to the Supreme Court was taken in a meeting conducted by an OBC welfare Committee, which was headed by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
Horticulture minister Bharat Singh Kushwaha said, “The CM has clearly said that the state government will move the Supreme Court for 27% reservation for OBCs as MP has 51% OBC population and it is necessary to give reservation to the community members in this proportion.”
The president of BJP OBC morcha, Bhagat Singh Yadav stated that “The OBC community has been demanding an increase in quota. At the meeting, it was decided to move Supreme Court against the high court stay.”
The High Court of Madhya Pradesh almost heard 70 petitions in connection to the reservation in jobs and educational institutions.
One of the lawyers representing some petitioners contended that even if they move to the Apex Court they will lose there too, As the Constitutional bench of the Supreme Court gave its judgement with connection to the reservation in the country in the case of Maratha reservation, in which the bench said that the population ratio can’t be a basis of increasing reservation in any state.
If there would be an increase in the reservation it would infringe the Supreme Court cap of 50%. In Madhya Pradesh, the total reservation will reach 73% with a 27% OBC quota. The state already has 10% reservation for economically weaker section (EWS) people in upper castes, 20% reservation for scheduled tribes and 16% reservation for scheduled castes.