The Bharatiya Janata Party's plan of putting pressure on the Shiv Sena
-led Maha Vikas Aghadi administration to repeal the 27% OBC quota in local bodies backfired after the Supreme Court declared on Tuesday that there would be no OBC quota in the upcoming local body elections in BJP-controlled Madhya Pradesh.
The BJP stepped up its onslaught on the MVA government last week, calling it "killers" of the OBC quota after the Supreme Court ordered the State Election Commission to announce a pre-poll process for elections to Maharashtra's civic and local councils. Devendra Fadnavis, the Leader of the Opposition, led the charge, accusing the state administration of wasting two years compiling empirical data on OBCs, which was required as part of the state's triple test. He also accused the MVA government of being "dishonest" when it came to the OBC quota.
The BJP, on the other hand, made a sad figure on Tuesday, when the Supreme Court ordered the Shivraj Chauhan-led government in Madhya Pradesh to finish compiling empirical data on OBCs and declared that the MP Backward Class Welfare Commission's report 'by itself was not triple-test compliance.' Despite several attempts to reach out to BJP leaders, including Fadnavis, none were willing to comment on Tuesday's highest court verdict.
However, senior NCP Minister and Samata Parishad Chairman Chhagan Bhujbal were quick to point out that the BJP had now fallen into its trap. Bhujbal, a renowned OBC politician, alleged that the RSS, the BJP's parent organisation, was in favour of abolishing reservations across the country.
Bhujbal blamed the BJP for the OBCs losing their quota across the country, and requested that it be restored as soon as possible by seeking the Prime Minister's assistance. He also stated that the Centre should introduce an order to reinstate the OBC quota in local governments.