The BJP government flip flopped on the circular which suspended the implementation of 10 per cent EBC( Economically Backward Classes) quota, revoking the same late on Friday night. Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel called a press conference on Saturday to clarify their stance.
Earlier this year, the then chief minister Anandiben Patel had announced a 10 per cent quota for EBCs. This was done to pacify the Patidars, who were demanding reservation under the OBC category. Vijay Rupani-led BJP govt had, in a U-turn, suspended the implementation of EBC quota until further notice. The circular was revoked later on. BJP was already on the backfoot, when his much hyped 'Twitter Townhall' exercise to answer direct questions of the public proved to be a damp squib.
After the Gujarat High Court termed the reservation as 'unconstitutional', the Gujarat Government appealed in the Supreme Court. The case is set to come up for hearing. Nitin Patel said that Rupani and he would discuss the matter and the case would be put up before the apex court.
Patidar leaders had reacted sharply to the government’s move of suspending the implementation of the quota.
Meanwhile, minister of state for social justice and empowerment, Ramdas Athawale, who was in Vadodara on September 23, said that the constitution should be amended to provide reservation benefits for communities that are economically backward.