10% reservation for poor among upper castes: Mamata asks if it is legal

File photo of West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee. Photograph:( WION Web Team )

WION Kolkata, West Bengal, India Jan 07, 2019, 08.49 PM (IST) Pooja Mehta

The West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee raised questions on the legal aspect of 10% reservation for economically weaker upper caste sections approved by the Union cabinet on Monday.

“My questions is how can they increase the quota from 50-60%? If they can satisfy in legal terms, I have no problem. I was going through a Supreme Court order, according to which any reservation beyond 50% is unconstitutional. The Supreme Court’s order mentions that the quote should not be exceeding 50%. Any reservation beyond 50% will be struck down,” Banerjee raised a question while quoting a Supreme Court order.

She further added, “The Centre has to clarify whether this can be implemented or not, legally valid or not, constitutional or not and feasible or not. We want the proper implementation of reservation.”

On the other hand, she claimed that this move was approved by the Union cabinet keeping in mind the elections.

“Maybe in the next 15-20 days, the elections will be announced. This is for political purpose and election vendetta. In a real sense, the problem of unemployment is sky high in India. We want the unemployed to get the job. We will happy if the unemployed find jobs,” added Banerjee.

This apart, she alleged that the farmers and youths have been cheated by the Central government. “It is dangerous if you cheat the people. Farmers and youths are being cheated,” she said while leaving the state secretariat – Nabanna in the evening.

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'My questions is how can they increase the quota from 50-60%? If they can satisfy in legal terms, I have no problem,' Banerjee said.