OPPOSITION UP IN ARMS ON EWS VERDICT, SAYS Important provisions overlooked

Supreme Court

The landmark ruling of the Supreme Court by a 3:2 majority, which upheld the constitutional validity of reservations to the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) in educational and employment institutions, has led to a debate among political analysts, with MP Manoj Jha calling it a factually deprived verdict.
Rashtriya Janta Dal (RJD) leader and Rajya Sabha MP Manoj Jha said after the verdict on Tuesday that there were many things in the Supreme Court’s decision regarding the EWS quota that should have been analysed more deeply. “The architecture of our Constitution has many layers. Those layers were not seen. The pages of Article 15 and Article 16 were not taken seriously. Also, there is an acute lack of scientific data, in the process of implementing EWS reservations,” he said. EWS’s reservation and the Supreme Court’s imprimatur to it invited MP Manoj Jha to draw it parallel to the provisions of ‘Mandal Commission. “When the Mandal Commission came, it came with a complete database. It had primary data, secondary data, but, there is nothing in EWS,” Rajya Sabha MP told the press.
Demanding a caste-based census immediately, Manoj Jha said that the Supreme Court has given a split verdict.
But, the Rashtriya Janata Dal directly believes that now Indira Sawhney (1992) and Balaji Judgment no longer matters. That means there is no question of ceiling now.
“Make reservation as much and ensure reservation in proportion to population by conducting caste census immediately,” he added.