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DMK files petition in Madras HC against 10 percent reservation for economically weaker section

Chennai | Dravid Munnetra Kazagam (DMK) on Friday filed a petition in the Madras High Court challenging the recent constitutional amendment granting 10 percent reservation for economically weaker section of the society. DMK organising secretary RS Bharathi has filed the writ petition on behalf of his party.

Earlier an NGO ‘Youth for Equality’ has filed a petition in the Supreme Court challenging the Constitution Amendment Bill, 2019 which provides 10% reservation to the economically weaker sections claiming that the amendment violates the basic Structure of the Constitution. The petition stated that economic criteria cannot be the sole basis for reservations under the Constitution. It further added that economic reservation if brought in cannot be limited to general category.

The constitutional amendment bill was passed by both the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha during the Winter session of the parliament. Except for few parties the bill got support from all the national and regional parties in the parliament.

In a major move ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the Union Cabinet on December 7 cleared a 10 percent job and education quota for “economically weaker” sections of upper castes. The proposed reservation will be over and above the existing 50 percent reservation enjoyed by the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and the Other Backward Classes, taking the total reservation to 60 percent.


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