The chief minister remarks come after a fresh statement by Chhattisgarh Governor Anusuiya Uikey on reservation impasse sparked debate in political circles. At an event in Raipur on Monday when presspersons asked her about her pending assent on reservating bill, seeking 76 reservation in government jobs and admission in educational institutions in proportion to population of different categories, the governor said “Wait till March,” and walked out of the scene.
Speaking to reporters at Swami Vivekananda Airport, CM baghel, who on many occasions expressed his displeasure over delay in Bill by the Governor, said, “Why to wait till March, is she looking for some auspicious time? Students and youths are waiting for her assent to the Bill as process of admissions and recruitments are to done. This is taking disadvantage of the constitutional authority when a Bill was handed over to her in December and after sitting on it for more than a month, she says wait till March.” Baghel also questioned the intentions of BJP said it is a “grave injustice” to the youth of the state.
Food and Civil Supplies Minister Amarjeet Bhagat said that a particular section cannot be deprived of their rights. “March would be too late as tribals have high hopes specially when Governor is the constitutional head,” he said. Am imbroglio over reservation is prevailing in Chhattisgarh after the state high court set aside a 2012 state government order enhancing the overall reservation to 58 %. The HC had also held that any reservation over and above 50% is unconstitutional. The High Court decision resulted in reservation percentage reverting back to the level of what was prevailing during undivided Madhya Pradesh-20% for Scheduled tribes, 16% for scheduled castes and 14% for other backward classes. It came as a setback for the scheduled tribes as their reservation dwindled from 32% to 20%, sparking widespread protests in the tribal areas.
In order to end the impasse, the Bhupesh Baghel government passed two bills during a special session of the assembly to enhance overall reservation to 76% by proposing 32% for STs, 13% for SCs, 14% for OBCs and four cent reservation for other EWS categories in jobs and admissions in educational institutions.
Later, the bills were sent to Rajbhawan but the Governor did not grant her assent but raised 10-point queries which the government replied and Governor said that they would be analysed by the legal experts.