16 TN parties oppose 10% EWS quota

A majority of political parties on Monday reiterated their opposition to the 10% quota in higher educational institutions for economically weaker sections (EWS) within the general category. 

They wanted the Tamil Nadu government to reject the Medical Council of India’s offer to increase the sanctioned strength of students in medical colleges by 25% if the State came forward to implement the quota.

Just five political parties have supported the plan to implement 10 per cent reservation for economically weaker sections (EWS) in Tamil Nadu, mooted by the Modi-led government at Centre. Of the 21 parties that took part in the all-party meeting on Monday, 16 opposed the move.

Interestingly, the five parties that expressed support range between the two extremes of political spectrum – the BJP, Congress, CPI(M), TMC and Puthiya Tamizhagam.

The Union Cabinet had in January cleared 10 per cent quota in education and government jobs for people from the economically weaker sections.

Chief Minister K Palaniswami Tuesday assured the Assembly that Tamil Nadu’s 69 per cent reservation would continue and made it clear that a decision on implementing 10 per cent quota for Economically Weaker Sections will be taken following a consensus among parties.

After the Leader of Opposition M K Stalin raised the issue, Palaniswami said a meeting of recognised political parties would be convened to discuss the Centres proposal on implementation of 10 per cent quota and based on a consensus, a decision will be arrived at.