Stalin: The EWS order is a setback for the century-old conflict
The party’s next course of action would be decided after a thorough consultation and study with legal experts on the verdict, according to MK Stalin, the chief minister of Tamil Nadu.
According to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin on Monday, the Supreme Court’s decision sustaining the 10% reservation for the economically weaker sections (EWS) is a setback to the century-long fight for social justice.
He also urged related organisations to get together to raise the issue of social justice throughout the nation.
In a historic 3:2 split decision on Monday, the Supreme Court affirmed the constitutionality of the 103rd amendment, which grants EWS members a 10% admissions preference over those in the “general category” for higher education and government employment.
The Supreme Court’s decision preserving the EWS quota is a blow for our century-long fight for social justice, said Stalin, recalling the legal battle his party, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, waged against the Center’s reservation policy.
The first constitutional amendment to preserve social justice was passed in Tamil Nadu, therefore he said, “From the land of Tamil Nadu, I invite like-minded organisations to unite to let the voice of social justice echo throughout the country.
The chief minister stated that the fight against the EWS quota, which the Bharatiya Janata Party-led Union government instituted in 2019, will continue, and that the party’s next course of action will be chosen following a thorough consultation and analysis with legal experts on the ruling.
The verdict was criticised by Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK), a member of the DMK coalition. Thol Thirumavalavan, the head of VCK, called the EWS quota a “agenda of the Sangh Parivar” (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the BJP’s ideological parent organisation), and declared he would submit a review petition.
He urged everyone to oppose the BJP government’s EWS quota since it discriminates against OBCs, who make up the majority of Hindus. We also urge the Congress and the Left parties to modify their position.as well as the EWS quota.
The AIADMK, the main opposition party in Tamil Nadu, held off making a statement about the ruling until late in the day.
The EWS quota was also rejected by the Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK), a partner in the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA).
“The social structure in India is one of inequality. Anbumani Ramadoss, the leader of the PMK and a former Union minister of health, argued that reservation should be granted based on social position rather than economic status in order to promote equality. People’s financial situations fluctuate, thus basing reservations on them can only serve as a strategy to combat poverty at worst. Social justice will never be guaranteed by it.
The ruling was not addressed by the state leadership of the Congress and Left parties, which had backed the quota when it was first introduced in 2019. Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK), which is led by TTV Dhinakaran, pleaded with Chief Minister Stalin to “guarantee that the 69% reservation implemented in Tamil Nadu remains unchanged.”