Political parties in Tamil Nadu on Saturday rejected the 103rd amendment to the Constitution that paved way for a 10% quota to persons from Economically Weaker Sections in admissions and jobs, PTI reported.
“We reject the 103rd Constitutional Amendment providing 10% reservation to castes that have progressed since it is against the social justice envisioned by the Constitution, against various apex court verdicts, and for creating caste discrimination among the poor,” a resolution passed during the meeting said.
The decision was taken during an all-party meeting convened by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam president MK Stalin. The meeting was boycotted by Opposition All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and its ally Bharatiya Janata Party.
Among those who attended include the Congress, the Left parties, Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi and National Democratic Alliance member Pattali Makkal Katchi.
The meeting was called to discuss Supreme Court’s verdict passed on Monday that had upheld the Centre’s decision to grant reservation to the Economically Weaker Sections.
In a 3-2 verdict by a Constitution bench, Justices Dinesh Maheshwari, Bela Trivedi and JB Pardiwala had upheld the quota, while UU Lalit, who was the chief justice at the time of the ruling, and Justice Rabindra Bhat dissented from the majority opinion.
On Wednesday, the Dravida Munnetra…