AIADMK Moves High Court for 50% Reservation of Medical Seats for OBCs
The All India Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) and the Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) in Tamil Nadu have moved the Madras High Court asking for 50 percent reservation of seats for Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in the medical and dental courses.
They demand such inclusion in the All India Quota section of seats. The opposition party, DMK, has filed a petition in this regard, citing the direction of the Supreme Court to approach the High Court.
According to its affidavit, the AIADMK has found fault with the centre, saying that it was denying reservation in the state-surrendered seats to the AIQ in 2018-19 and 2019-20.
It added that only 220 OBC candidates were admitted to the postgraduate courses while they had a claim over 2,152 of the 7,982 seats. In the undergraduate courses, only 66 OBC candidates were admitted.
The petitioner submitted that there were 4,061 AIQ MBBS seats of which 50 percent should have been reserved for OBC candidates. For 2020, of the 9,550 seats under AIQ, 8,800 seats were surrendered from colleges run by state governments.
The petitioner claimed that of these 8,800 seats, not even one seat was given to OBC candidates. All the seats were transferred to the general category, which the petitioner said was unconstitutional and unjustified.
The petitioner further alleged that the OBC candidates were deprived of as many as 10,000 seats in the past three years and many more before that. “The Union of India cannot be permitted to turn a blind eye when a significant number of meritorious OBC students are denied seats in the State-captured seats in All-India Quota.”
The petitioner sought an order to the central government to reserve 50 percent of the seats for OBCs in admission to the seats surrendered by Tamil Nadu to the AIQ in the upcoming academic year, for undergraduate, postgraduate and diploma medical and dental courses.