Economic reservation: Tamil Nadu’s disagreement kindles second thoughts in CPM

By PK Manikatan

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Thiruvananthapuram: DMK-led Tamil Nadu government has refused to enforce 10 percent Economic Weaker Section(EWS) quota and the development has created ripples in the central leadership of CPM.

Being a party that supports DMK, the administration’s move has apparently kindled second thoughts in CPM.

The central leadership of CPM accepted economic reservation which bars scheduled communities and OBC. CPM sources said that party will bat for including all communities to be considered under the economic criteria.

Meanwhile, EWS does not include the SC/ST and OBCs. Tamil Nadu has the highest reservation of 69 per cent.

An all-Legislative party meeting, chaired by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin said on November 12 that it rejected the 103rd Constitutional Amendment providing 10 per cent EWS quota saying it created caste-discrimination among the poor.

The meeting, boycotted by Principal opposition AIADMK and its ally BJP, urged the State government to register its opinions when a review petition is filed.

The ruling DMK had announced it would file a review petition against the November 8 five-judge Supreme Court Bench upholding the 10 per cent reservation for EWS. The quota was upheld 3-2 by the Bench.

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