Political uproar in MP after SC directs OBC reservation in native physique polls

Bhopal: The Supreme Court docket has directed the implementation of reservation for Different Backward Lessons (OBC) within the native physique elections to be held in Madhya Pradesh, with a reservation restrict of fifty per cent. With the apex courtroom`s determination to permit elections with the OBC reservation, senior leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Get together (BJP) and the Congress in Madhya Pradesh welcomed the choice, saying, `justice prevailed`. Each events claimed that the initiative for offering reservations for OBCs was taken by them, and accused one another of being “anti-OBC”.
Expressing happiness over the Supreme Court docket`s determination, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan stated: “We had made our intentions clear on this problem. We needed the native physique elections to be held with OBC reservation and all preparations had been made for this goal. The election dates had been introduced, however Congress went to the courtroom and the method was stayed. The Congress dedicated a sin for political positive factors, however immediately justice prevailed and the reality received.”
Chouhan counted the efforts made by his authorities to supply reservations to OBC. He stated that his authorities initiated the method of forming the OBC fee and a survey was carried out throughout the state to gather info relating to the identical. “The SC relied on the fee`s report, subsequently the choice to permit elections with OBC quota was introduced,” Chouhan added.
The apex courtroom`s determination got here on the premise of the Backward Lessons Fee`s report of the triple take a look at for reservation submitted by the state authorities to hunt permission to implement the OBC quota for the elections.
The state authorities has submitted that the delimitation train within the state had been accomplished even earlier than the Could 10 order. Nevertheless, these essential info had not been positioned earlier than the courtroom previous to the order.
After observing the fee`s studies, the bench led by Justice AM Khanwilkar modified the courtroom`s Could 10 order directing the State Election Fee to inform the election programme for over 20,000 city and panchayat native our bodies within the state inside two weeks, with out ready for the completion of the `triple take a look at` train and additional delimitation previous to the polls.
“We allow the state of Madhya Pradesh to inform the reservation sample native physique smart to be adhered to by the state election fee inside one week. The state election fee shall notify the election programme in respect of the involved native our bodies inside one week,” the Supreme Court docket order acknowledged.
In the meantime, the explanations behind political commerce barbs over OBC reservation have emerged for the ability gaining train of each the Congress and the BJP through the meeting polls scheduled within the state subsequent yr.
As per the OBC Fee`s report submitted to the courtroom, the OBC inhabitants within the components of the state, reminiscent of Gwalior-Chambal, Bundelkhand, Vindya and central zone of Madhya Pradesh has practically 51 per cent. Political analysts stated that out of whole of 230 meeting seats, the share of OBC voters are deciding elements.
L Kumar Mishra, a senior journalist, advised IANS: “Earlier than 2003, there was uncommon political consideration on OBC. Although the politics over OBC began approaching central stage within the state through the Digvijaya Singh authorities when a proposal for extending the OBC quota from 14 per cent to 27 per cent was handed,, the problem remained within the courtroom and the Congress did pay a lot consideration to it. The BJP managed to realize large assist from the OBC since 2003, however within the final meeting polls had additionally managed to get assist from OBC voters.”
At current, from 230 meeting seats, 60 MLAs belong to the OBC group in Madhya Pradesh. After 2020 by-polls, the BJP has 32 MLAs from the OBC class and 28 from Congress.
Ajad Singh Dabas, the previous chief coordinator of the joint OBC union in Madhya Pradesh, stated: “Neither the BJP nor the Congress did give consideration to OBC as a result of Madhya Pradesh`s politics has at all times been centralised on higher castes and the ST/SC. A lot of the OBC leaders in each political events have managed to realize political house on their very own power, they usually weren’t promoted, together with Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. However, now the situation has began altering for the previous few years and over 90 classes beneath the OBC have grow to be deciding elements within the elections.”