The Supreme Court’s verdict on Thursday declaring that the total percentage of reservations in any state should not exceed 50 per cent has landed Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu in an embarrassing situation.
Naidu has been under pressure to provide quota for Kapus and all these days, he has been dodging the issue in the name of getting the report from Manjunatha Commission.
He tried to hoodwink Kapus saying once the report is submitted, he would get the appropriate bill passed in the state assembly providing quota for Kapus under OBC category without affecting the quota of the existing OBCs.
This would mean, he would have to increase the total percentage of reservations to more than 50 per cent, as was done by his Telangana counterpart K Chandrasekhar Rao with regard to increased reservations for Muslims and SCs. Now with the Supreme Court quashing such quota bills, Naidu as well as KCR can’t fulfil their promises.
The only way the quota can be enhanced, as suggested by the Supreme Court, is that the Parliament has to amend the Constitution of India to increase the quota limit and that would trigger a nation-wide unrest. So, the Centre will not do.
Now, this is a real trouble for the TDP chief. Already, Kapu strongman and former Minister Mudragada Padmanabham set December 6 as deadline for the Naidu government to settle the long-pending reservation issue.
He threatened to take up the agitation again if the government failed to meet the deadline.
If Naidu tries to adjust Kapu quota within the existing OBC quota, he will have to face trouble from the BCs, which he doesn’t want. So, it is between the devil and the deep sea for Naidu!