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Can't give reservation to Patel community, says Gujarat government

Ahmedabad: Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel on Sunday ruled out any reservation for Patel community citing the Constitution and Supreme Court judgements.The state government's decision came two days ahead of a mega rally called by
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India TV News Desk August 24, 2015 8:24 IST

Ahmedabad: Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel on Sunday ruled out any reservation for Patel community citing the Constitution and Supreme Court judgements.

The state government's decision came two days ahead of a mega rally called by the Patel community to press their demand for Other Backward Class (OBC) status.

"As per the Constitution and judgements of Supreme Court, we cannot make any changes in the structure of reservations for SCs, STs and OBCs, nor can we give reservation beyond 50 per cent," she said.

The Chief Minister also urged the members of the said community to end their ongoing agitation.

"Various state governments at different points of time gave reservation by going against the constitution and Supreme Court judgements... We do not want to do that. This state government does not believe in making fake promises," she said.

"Today, I make this appeal to end this agitation and join the path of the state's development," she added.

Patel, meanwhile, asked agitators to hold talks with the government instead of organising rallies which ,she said, may harm the economy of the state.

"A negative agitation is not good for any society, community and the government. In past, agitations have snatched livelihoods of the poor and common people. Violence and tension have an adverse impact on the economy," she said.

"The controversy triggered by the ongoing reservation movement has made its impact felt on the social life, which has created a situation of unease in society," she said.

"We can find a solution through talks and negotiations on the issue of reservation. The state government has formed a committee of seven ministers to address the issue and we have also invited representatives of all the castes and communities, including Patel community. Talks are ongoing and I believe that a solution will come out of it," she said.

 

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