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Bihar: Opposition got chance due to High Court decision on reservation, now Nitish’s move is being watched.

Nita Yadav

By Nita Yadav

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Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

The Patna High Court has quashed the decision to increase reservation from 50 to 65 percent in Bihar. The High Court has reacted strongly to the increase in reservation limit in Bihar and rejected it. Based on the Indira Sahni case judgment of 1992, the Court did not consider raising the limit on the issue of reservation beyond 50 per cent as constitutional. It is obvious that after this the opposition has started increasing pressure on Nitish Kumar.

It is believed that this decision of the High Court will force Nitish Kumar to talk to the central government on the issue of reservation in the 9th schedule. If the central government refuses to do so, the anti-centre opposition will not fail to take advantage of this opportunity. However, Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Samrat Chaudhary said that the government will go to the Supreme Court against the High Court’s decision on reservation.

How did the opposition get a chance?

After the Patna High Court’s decision, politics has heated up in Bihar. Some members of the Indian coalition have termed the court’s decision as a gross injustice and have made a big demand from Nitish Kumar in this regard. According to CPI (ML) state secretary Krunal, increasing the reservation for OBCs, EBCs, Dalits and tribals to 65 per cent after the caste-based census was the need of the hour, but this concerted attack on reservation for underprivileged communities is an act. There is a conspiracy to undermine him which cannot be justified at all.

The CPI(ML) further said that the BJP has been against caste enumeration since the beginning, so after coming back to power in Bihar, its activism in abolishing 65 per cent reservation is not hidden from anyone as it has gone to court against enumeration. .

CPI (ML) is appealing to Secretary Nitish Kumar to approach the Supreme Court. RJD leader Manoj Jha lauded the efforts of Tejashwi Yadav and Nitish Kumar on the issue, saying that Tejashwi Yadav has been advocating inclusion of 65 per cent reservation in the Ninth Schedule since the beginning. Naturally, by saying this, the RJD and CPI (ML) in Bihar have started to create an atmosphere in Bihar that Nitish should step up efforts to include 65 per cent reservation in the Ninth List in return for supporting the central government, or else he will be declared an opponent. – reservation. . After the court’s decision, the Congress will try to corner the government on the issue of caste enumeration.

Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, the Congress is talking about doing a caste enumeration across the country and implementing reservations based on numbers. However, this stand of the Congress is quite different from the previous stand as there has been an attempt to overshadow the Mandal Commission report from Nehru’s time, Kaka Kalelkar’s report or Indira Gandhi’s time. Congress is opposing reservation.

It is known that in the year 1991, former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi strongly opposed the implementation of the Mandal Commission report by BP Singh in the Lok Sabha. But since the assembly elections to be held in five states before the Lok Sabha elections, Rahul Gandhi has started to surround the BJP on the issue of caste enumeration.

The Congress, though not giving a concrete answer for not counting caste between 2009 and 2014, is advocating it strongly now and is not missing out on making a big dent in the BJP’s OBC vote bank. Apparently, the JDU is also claiming that caste enumeration should be done across the country on the lines of Bihar. So, how does Nitish Kumar pressure the central government after the High Court decision? The market of speculation about this has become hot.

Pressure on the center regarding caste census!

In fact, after the Supreme Court decision in 1992, it was decided that no more than 50 percent reservation could be given. A 10 percent reservation for economically backward upper castes was made during PM Modi’s last tenure, which was rejected after being challenged in court. Naturally, after this the debate has intensified over the fact that the reservation limit can be increased beyond 50 percent. But the Patna High Court’s decision on increasing the reservation limit has once again brought the issue of inclusion in the Ninth Schedule into focus.

Nitish takes credit for successfully conducting the caste census. So, if they are not successful in overturning the Patna High Court decision with the help of the central government, their priority now will be to increase the pressure and get it included in the Ninth Schedule. Obviously, it can be made a permanent law by including it in the Ninth Schedule. But the court will not review it. Experts do not agree with this.

According to senior advocate Rashmi Dubey, the Supreme Court also has the right to review the Ninth List. Therefore, the Supreme Court retained the power to review the Ninth Schedule even after its inclusion.

Obviously, after the decision of the Patna High Court, the opposition can put pressure on the central government to conduct a caste census and implement population-wise reservation across the country. The central government is backing down on this issue. Be it Manmohan Singh’s government in 2009 or PM Modi’s government in the last 10 years, both have been seen retreating on the issue of caste census. But the recent change in Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s stand may increase the pressure on the central government to conduct a caste census across the country.

For this two strong constituents of BJP TDP and JDU will also put a lot of pressure on BJP, this is their political compulsion and need. Among the opposition parties, the CPI(ML) is not afraid to call the 10 per cent upper caste reservation unconstitutional. Also, the decision to declare the term of reservation for Dalits and underprivileged as unconstitutional is not justified. Apparently, RJD’s statement along with CPI(ML) on who is behind the scenes in this decision clearly points towards reservation politics over the upcoming caste enumeration.

Nita Yadav

Nita Yadav

I am Nita Yadav, specializing in writing about politics and breaking national news. My focus is on delivering insightful and timely perspectives on these crucial topics, aiming to inform and engage my readers effectively.

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