Govt to discuss high-caste quota issue with CM Rupani

Gandhinagar: A meeting between the State Government representatives and ‘upper class (unreserved class)’ leaders ended Thursday evening remained inconclusive with Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel merely promising to discuss the issue with Chief Minister Vijay Rupani before taking the final call on the controversial August 2018 reservation resolution.

Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel, Minister of State for Home Pradipsinh Jadeja and K Kailashnathan, Chief Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Sangeeta Singh, Additional Chief Secretary (Home), had held a meeting with representatives of the upper class leaders in Gandhinagar. The meeting lasted two long hours.

After the meeting concluded, Nitin Patel told media persons that, “We have heard them and have discussed the issue raised by the representatives of the upper class. We will brief the chief minister about the grievances and he will take a call on the issue.”

On the other hand, upper class representative leader Dinesh Bambhaniya told media persons that they are satisfied with the discussion and they have conveyed their willingness to discuss it with Rupani directly. “They have assured us that our wishes will be conveyed to the chief minister,” he said, but maintained that their agitation will continue till the demand is not met.

He also added that he and other representatives will inform agitating aspiring candidates about the discussion and will be taken into confidence.

Earlier in the day, Bambhaniya had threatened to gherao the BJP and Congress state unit president if they don’t declare their stand in support of upper class aspiring candidates of Lok Rakshak Dal competitive exams.

On Tuesday, the State Government had announced that it will review the August 2018 General Resolution, through which a new policy was implemented wherein if SC/ST/OBC students clear competitive exams on merits in the open category, then equal number of seats in the reserved quota will be reduced.

Since backward class candidates see this resolution as injustice to aspiring candidates of the SC/ST/OBC category, they are demanding to scrap it. The said resolution had got high court nod. Now this resolution has become the cause of agitation and put the State Government in a fix.