AP Minister expresses disappointment with HC's decision restricting reservation to 50 per cent in local bodies

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AMARAVATI: Andhra Pradesh Minister Botsa Satyanarayana expressed disappointment with the High Court's verdict limiting reservation in local bodies in the state to 50 per cent.

He said that backward classes are not being given adequate reservation in proportion to their population.

"Our government had decided to give 59 per cent reservation for SC, ST, OBC in the earlier cabinet meeting. However, a petition was filed against that in High Court. Today HC gave a verdict that the reservation should be confined to 50 per cent only”, Satyanarayana said on Monday.

“We obey and respect the HC verdict. But we are feeling bad that backward classes are not being given adequate reservation in proportion to their population", he added.

The minister further accused former chief minister Chandrababu Naidu of not having "good opinion" about the backward classes.

Satyanarayana also alleged that the person who had filed the petition in the Andhra Pradesh High Court against the 59 per cent reservation decision of the YS Jagan Mohan Reddy government was close to Naidu.

"The TDP had obstructed our bill for separate SC, ST corporations. The TDP supported the English Medium bill in assembly and obstructed in council. Now TDP fought in court against 59 per cent reservation in local body elections," he said.

"TDP opposed that decision. That's why Naidu is a traitor of the backward classes. TDP is like a 'Shani' for them. Naidu cannot tolerate their presence," he added.

 

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