Anusuchit Jati Janjati Adhikari Evam Karmchari Sangh (AJJAKS) decided to approach the Supreme Court challenging the Madhya Pradesh high court’s judgment on reservation in promotions in government jobs.
On Saturday, the high court set aside the provision of reservations in promotion in the Madhya Pradesh Public Service Rules, 2002. Promotions granted as per the 2002 rules stand invalid after this ruling.
AJJAKS has called a meeting of its office-bearers in Bhopal on Sunday.
The judgment will affect 40% of the government employees and officers and about 2.5 crore population of the state, AJJAKS general secretary SL Suryavanshi said.
“Though the CM is in favour of reservation, the administration – particularly, the general administration department — didn’t present the data well before the high court.”
It is surprising that the government didn’t seek services of advocate general and additional advocate general in defending the rights of SC/ST employees in the court, he added.
Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced to knock the doors of the apex court against the court’s ruling – a decision taken to boost the ruling BJP’s prospects in the 2018 state elections. “The government is in favour of reservation in promotions in government services. It will appeal to the Supreme Court against the judgment regarding abolishment of reservation in promotions,” Chouhan said.
BJP state vice-president Vijesh Lunawat spoke on similar lines, saying the government will defend the rights of the SC/ST government employees.
The Opposition too didn’t want to lag behind the ruling party in sending out a message that it stood for reservation in promotion. “There is a constitutional provision that those who deserve benefit of promotions should get it. Congress was, is and will continue to stick to its stand,” party chief spokesperson KK Mishra said.
Mishra claimed BJP and RSS were not on the same page on reservation. “Sangh wants to end reservation while BJP due to electoral complications, cannot afford to support RSS.”