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Calcutta HC Cancels OBC Certificates: PM Modi Says ‘Slap On INDI Alliance’, Mamata Says She Won’t Accept Order

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday praised the Calcutta High Court’s decision to scrap OBC certificates issued in West Bengal after 2010, calling it a “blow to the INDIA alliance”. He accused the Trinamool Congress (TMC) of issuing OBC certificates to Muslims for “voting on banking politics.”

“This was done because the West Bengal government inexplicably gave OBC certificates to Muslims just for the Muslim vote bank. This vote bank politics, this politics of appeasement, crosses every line,” the Prime Minister said.

He further added, “They say Muslims have the first right to the country’s resources. These people continuously give government lands to the Waqf board and ask for votes in return. These people want to reserve 15% of the country’s budget for minorities. They also want to provide loans to banks and government tenders based on religion. These people are opposing CAA to please their vote bank.”

Bengal government ‘will not allow’ reduction in OBC reservations: Mamata

Reacting to the Calcutta High Court’s order, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said the state government “will not allow” the reduction in OBC reservations for minorities.

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“Even today I heard a judge issue an order, which was very famous. Prime Minister says minorities will take away Tapasheeli reserve. Can this ever happen? Minorities can never touch Tapasheeli or tribal reservation but these mischievous people (BJP) get their work done through agencies, they got the order through someone but I will not accept this view…Those who gave the order should keeping it to ourselves, we will not accept the views of the BJP, the OBC reservation continues and will always continue…” the TMC supremo said.

‘TMC has granted OBC reservations to 118 Muslim castes with survey’: Amit Shah

Union Home Minister Amit Shah shed light on the discussion and accused West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee of giving OBC reservations to “118 Muslim castes without any investigation.”

“Someone went to court, the court took note of this and all certificates issued between 2010 and 2024 were canceled by the HC. Mamata Banerjee wants to deprive the reservation of backward classes for her vote bank and give that reservation to Muslim castes,” the Home Minister noted.

Reacting to Banerjee’s comments, Shah asked, “I want to ask the people of Bengal, can there be such a chief minister, who will say that we are not obeying the court’s order? I strongly condemn this and welcome the decision of the Supreme Court and we will certainly ensure that the decision of the Supreme Court is implemented.”

Order of the Calcutta High Court

On Wednesday, the Calcutta High Court struck down several classifications under the West Bengal Act, 2012 for reservation of vacancies in services and posts in the state as it deemed them illegal.

The court struck down several classifications for reservation as Other Backward Classes (OBC), given under the West Bengal Backward Classes (other than Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes) (Reservation of Vacancies in Services and Posts) Act, 2012.

As per the new decision, OBC certificates issued by the state government can no longer be used to obtain jobs or benefits. As a result of this order, nearly 500,000 OBC certificates have been revoked.

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