The Madhya Pradesh government on Monday decided to increase the reservation quota for other backward classes (OBC) from existing 14 per cent to 27 per cent. With this move, the rural reservation in the state will go up to 73 per cent, completely defying the directives of the Supreme Court.
As per the Supreme Court’s landmark judgment in Indra Sawhney vs Union of India case in 1993, the total number of reserved seats/places/positions cannot exceed 50 per cent of what is available.
The increase in the OBC quota has already been challenged in the state high court. A petition has been filed by Omkar Singh Kushwaha, contending that the 13 per cent increase would take the total reservation above the 50 per cent cap on the quota imposed by the SC.
Interestingly, in April, the SC had refused to hear a similar petition that sought a stay on the implementation of the additional 5 per cent OBC quota for Gujjar, Banjara, Gadia Lohar, Raika and Gadaria communities in Rajasthan.