The state government adopted the executive path to implement the quota regime from the academic year 2020-21 and issued a government order to facilitate it, Raj Bhavan said “It is to inform the people of Tamil Nadu that the Honorable Governor Have given their consent on the bill.
The Governor sought a legal opinion from the Solicitor General of India (SGI) on 26 September and received this opinion on 29 October.
The statement said, “As soon as the opinion is received, the Honorable Governor has approved the Bill.”
Purohit alleged that Purohit delayed in approving the quota bill, Raj Bhavan indicated that the bill was approved soon after the legal opinion was received, but that the bill is in line with the Constitution- assumes significance.
Chief Minister K Palaniswami said that efforts are being made to implement the reservation from the current year.
DMK President MK Stalin claimed that Purohit gave his consent to the quota bill as he was left with no other option and thanked him.
His party’s opposition and the hope expressed by the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court were behind Purohit’s “change of heart”.
In a Twitter post, Stalin said that the approval came after 45 days and when the time for medical consultation was near and the governor had to approve given such factors.
Hearing a batch of PIL petitions, a division bench on Thursday hoped that the governor would take a decision as soon as possible.
BJP’s Khushboo Sundar said, “We deliver when we promise.”
PMK chief S Ramadoss said that Purohit’s consent was a victory of the people.
Raj Bhavan said that Purohit tried to find that the proposed quota was as per the constitution and compatible with Articles 14 (equality) and 15 (prohibition of discrimination).
SGI, Tushar Mehta, in his opinion, said that ‘separate from intelligence’ would be an affirmative action for socially and educationally backward classes.
The bill is “in line with the Constitution of India”, Mehta said although it is subject to judicial review and related to other constitutional principles such as the upper limit of reserved seats.
Tamil Nadu admission to students of Government Schools Bill 2020 in undergraduate courses in Medicine, Dentistry, Indian Medicine and Homeopathy on preferential basis was passed in the Assembly on 15 September and sent to the priest for his approval.
The ruling AIADMK demanded early approval of the bill as the quota should be implemented from the current year and a group of ministers had also summoned Purohit at Raj Bhavan recently.
Finally, the government issued an order on Thursday – the government’s pending assurance for the bill, which showed the government’s intention to ensure its implementation from the current academic year.
The DMK had targeted the governor for ‘delaying’ in approving the bill and had staged a massive protest a few days earlier.
During the reign of AIADMK, the priest was also pressured not to approve the bill.
The Tamil Nadu assembly elections are scheduled to be held during April-May 2021.
BJP’s Tamil Nadu unit chief L Murugan had said that Purohit should approve the bill immediately.
Murugan said, “The time taken by them (to investigate it) is sufficient.”
Viduthalai Chiruthigal Kachi also alleged that the BJP-led center was not interested in providing reservation to students from poor backgrounds.
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