Court quashes 4.5 percent sub-quota for minorities
In a setback for the United Progressive Alliance
government at the centre, the Andhra Pradesh High Court Monday
quashed the 4.5 percent sub-quota for the minorities carved out of
the 27 percent reservation for
Even as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) slammed the Congress
led-central government for "fooling" minorities in the name of
reservations, the central government Tuesday said it will move the
Supreme Court against the decision of the Andhra Pradesh High
Court quashing the sub-quota for the minorities.
Law and Justice Minister Salman
Khurshid told reporters here that the government will move the
apex court as early as possible after consulting its law officers.
He said the government would "go to Supreme Court by way of SLP
(special leave petition) against the pronouncement of Andhra
Pradesh High Court".
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on
its part slammed the Congress led-central government for "fooling"
minorities in the name of reservations.
BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman told reporters at a party
briefing here that it was always known that religion-based
reservation cannot be sustainable.
"Government announced the sub-quota for OBC Muslims just before
the Uttar Pradesh elections. It was clearly politically
motivated," Sitharaman said.
"Every one knows that reservation on the basis of religion cannot
be sustainable. The government is misleading the nation, specially
the minorities," she said.
In a setback for the United Progressive Alliance central
government, the Andhra Pradesh High Court on Monday quashed the
4.5 percent sub-quota for the minorities carved out of the 27
percent reservation for other backward classes in jobs.
A division bench of Chief Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice P.V.
Sanjay Kumar set aside the office memorandum (OM) issued last
December by the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government to
provide the sub-quota to minorities.