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ANDHRA PRADESH-Reservations The Court Says No

ANDHRA PRADESH Reservations: The Court Says No K Balagopal IN a judgment delivered on September 5 a full bench of the AP High Court held that the State Government's GO enhancing the Backward Classes' (BC) quota of reservations in jobs and college seats from 25 to 44 per cent was unconstitutional; the judgment rang down the curtain on a nearly two-month long turmoil that had thrown everything out of gear in the state The entire 'public opinion' of the state heaved a rather shameless sigh of relief, and in case that was not audible enough, all the newspapers without exception wrote editorials stating in black and white that the state government had better not go to the Supreme Court in appeal against the judgment. It was plainly their unanimous wish that the whole thing be forgotten as a bad dream. But NTR was in no need of such advice. He hastened to thank the High Court for holding the GO only unconstitutional and not mala fide in its intentions as had been alleged, inter alia, by the petitioners; deduced the happy corollary that his government would not have to resign (for mere unconstitutionality of its acts, if such it is, is no ground for resignation of a government); and promised the increasingly strident anti-reservationists that he would not appeal to the Supreme Court but would abide silently by the High Court's judgment. He invited them for talks immediately after the judgment was delivered, and it was only after he promised with an uncharacteristic humility to behave himself that the anti-reservationists called off their agitation and walked out in jubilation into the streets littered with the broken glass panes of the buses stoned by them during the last six weeks.

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