The main opposition party has also reprimanded its rival, the ruling DMK, for claiming credit for it, alleging that it did not make the slightest effort on the quota issue.
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AIADMK coordinator and Panirselvam and joint coordinator K Palaniswami have also pledged to oppose the 10 per cent EWS quota. In a joint statement, the two leaders said Friday’s Supreme Court ruling was a “victory” for the party’s long-standing unresolved and permanent appeal to the OBC quota front, which they said would enable it to increase seats in medical admissions.
Claiming that AIADMK has taken the lead in implementing welfare measures for the socially and educationally backward sections of the population, they believe that the reservation for the backward classes was increased from 31 per cent to 50 per cent during the tenure of the late Chief Minister MG. Ramachandran in 1980, which benefited the members in terms of vocational education and admission in government service.
Similarly, the late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa introduced an assembly bill in 1990, urging the central government to increase the OBC quota in the then announced jobs from 27 per cent to 50 per cent, they said.
Subsequently, in 1993, he enacted a law allowing a total of 69 per cent conservation in Tamil Nadu, confirming that it was included in the Ninth Schedule of the Constitution and “thus ensuring social justice,” they added.
The party and its government had earlier appealed to the court against the non-provision of 27 per cent OBC quota in AIQ in medical admissions and the Madras High Court had directed the Center to form a panel in July 2020 to decide the matter, the two leaders recalled.
Subsequently, the center allocated reservations based on the panel’s recommendations, which were upheld by the SC on Friday, they said.
“This is a victory for AIADMK’s enduring struggle and perseverance,” they said, reprimanding the DMK, saying the party, despite being in the central government for 17 years, had made no effort but was suddenly claiming credit. The same.
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