Earmarking a separate 10% quota for EBC exceeds the Supreme Court mandated upper limit of 50% reservation.
Gujarat HC while delivering this order termed the EBC quota as "unconstitutional and illegal" as quota based on economic criteria isn't allowed under the Constitution.
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Reactions & Responses
The spokesperson of the Gujarat Government reiterated the government's resolve to seeing the EBC quota for upper castes become a reality.
He also indicated that the government will challenge the HC's order in the Supreme Court as soon as possible.
Leader of the Patidar agitation welcomed the HC's order and reaffirmed their commitment to getting reservation under the Other Backward Castes (OBC) category.
Who is Hardik Patel?
Hardik Patel, 23 years old, is the leader of the Patidar agitation. He was imprisoned in October 2015 on sedition charges and was recently released after 9 months. His bail was granted on the condition that he remain out of Gujarat for six months.