THE BENEFICIARIES Those who earn less than `8 lakh annually People with farmland less than 5 acres Those who own a house smaller than 1,000 sq ft AMIT BANDRE Owners of residential BENGALURU TUESDAY JANUARY 08, 2019 `6.00 PAGES 28 LATE CITY EDITION plots smaller than 100 yards in notified municipality or under 200 yards in nonnotified municipal area UPPER CASTE QUOTA TO THE POWER OF TEN Cabinet springs big surprise; LS to take up Constitution amendment bill today; RS will work till tomorrow to take a shot at passing it; Cong, AAP offer support M A N I S H A N A N D @ New Delhi HAVING faced electoral reverses in regions considered to be key catchment areas of the BJP , the Centre on Monday sprang a 10% reservation surprise for economically weaker sections. A Constitution amendment bill to give shape to this quota is set to be tabled in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday, the last day of the winter session, even as the government extended the Rajya Sabha by a day . Although aimed at reserving 10% seats in Central government jobs and educational institutions for the economically weaker sections, the quota will mainly benefit the upper castes, a section that has been the BJP’s main vote bank but has recently been grumpy . In UP, the quota is seen as an attempt to blunt the SP-BSP alliance, where the BJP is eyeing the 21% upper caste votes. The upper caste anger, particularly after the government recently overturned a Supreme Court judgment that ordered certain safeguards against arrests made under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Atrocities Act, had a direct fallout in the recent Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh. In Madhya Pradesh, the BJP is said to have suffered reverses in 25-30 Assembly seats, mainly in the Gwalior-Chambal belt. A large section of the upper castes are also angry with it in Rajasthan. In Uttar Pradesh, several upper caste organisations belonging to the Vaishyas, Brahmins and Thakurs, had opposed the SC/ST amendment bill and even called a bandh. There were also open voices of dissent from some party leaders. Brahmins, accounting for 10% in UP and 6% in Bihar, are also upset as the BJP has not given them much representation in the Cabinet and the party Kalraj . Mishra was the last prominent Brahmin face in the Modi Cabinet but was eased out after he turned 75. UP and Bihar togeth- FLIP SIDE OF OPENING ASPIRATIONAL BASKET Critiquing the quota criteria, an analyst felt it is unlikely to hugely benefit the section it is aimed at. For, it applies to an individual with annual income of up to `8 lakh, which works out to `67,000 a month. With the bar set so high, there will be too many candidates but too few jobs, he reasoned er have 120 Lok Sabha seats. The upper caste quota push is being seen within the party as an attempt at social engineering with the BJP eyeing non-Yadav OBCs, non-Jatav Dalits and the general category voters. However, the quota could be challenged in a court of law. There is already 49.5% quota for jobs and seats in educational institutions. An additional 10 per cent on account of economic backwardness may not pass judicial muster. As per the legal requirement, backwardness cannot be judged by any single criterion, including economic backwardness. It has to be judged from a community’s social and educational backwardness. In 2015, the Supreme Court struck down a UPA notification categorising Jats as a BC for providing reservation. Schools, colleges closed today, buses to be off roads in state ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW TRANSPORT Buses: KSRTC, BMTC, NEKRTC, NWKRTC Will not operate Autos: Mixed response Cabs: Will ply Metro: Will run BANKS SBI: Open Govt banks: May be closed Pvt banks: Open An auto driver pastes a poster regarding the strike in Bengaluru on Monday | VINOD KUMAR T SCHOOLS & COLLEGES OFFICES ESSENTIALS Milk: Won’t be affected Shivamogga, Vijayapura: Open Private, ITeS: Open but option to work from home depending on managers’ approval C’magaluru: Yet to be decided Govt: Open. Closed in Ballari Closed today B’luru, major districts: Closed ATMs: Unlikely to be hit Power: Unlikely to be disrupted E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Bengaluru SCHOOLS and colleges across several parts of the state will be closed on Tuesday , the first of the two-day bandh called by several trade unions against the alleged anti-labour policies of the Narendra Modi government. In addition, examinations being held at several universities have been postponed. On Monday, Deputy Commissioners of several districts, including Bengaluru, issued orders for schools to remain closed on Tuesday . The bandh is also likely to affect public transport as buses operated by the state government will mostly stay off the roads as union members are supporting the bandh call. However, both the BMTC and KSRTC said that the final call will be taken on Tuesday morning after monitoring the situation. Autorickshaws, cabs and trucks services will continue to ply . The State Bank of India said that it will function, but other nationalised banks are likely to remain closed because of P2 participation by union members. UVCE may lose 10% seats due to shortage of staff Rebuffed by BJP boss Shah, Ramesh has nowhere to go R A S H M I B E L U R @Bengaluru A N U S H A R A V I @ Bengaluru ONE of the most sought-after government engineering colleges in the state, the University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering (UVCE), Bengaluru, may lose 10 per cent of its seats for the coming academic year. This was due to shortage of permanent teaching faculty members at the institute. The All Indian Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has communicated to the institute that the screening committee constituted by it has recommended decreasing the number of seats. A copy of the communication from AICTE is available with The New Indian Express. As per infor mation, the committee has identified this shortage as one of the major drawbacks and suggested a cut P8 in the number of seats. AFTER threatening to quit the MLA post and going AWOL (absent without leave) for a week to ‘plan the future course of action’ and resurfacing in Gokak last Thursday, former Congress minister Ramesh Jarkiholi today finds that he has nowhere to go. The reason behind the failure of his coup, sources say, is BJP national president Amit Shah. His strict no to BJP State leadership’s attempt to bring Ramesh and a few other Congress MLAs on board forced Jarkiholi to return to Karnataka wounded. For two days, sources said, Ramesh, R Shankar, an independent MLA who was dropped from the cabinet, B Nagendra and BC Patil, both ministerial berth aspirants, waited in Delhi for a meeting with Shah, but to no avail. Not only did the BJP chief refuse to meet the rebel MLAs, he even gave state BJP president B S Yeddyurappa a dressing down for “wasting his time” when the unit should have ideally been prepping for the Lok Sabha elections. Sources in both parties say that Shah never gave an appointment to meet Yeddyurappa along with the rebel Congress MLAs, making his stand clear, upsetting Ramesh. In the game of numbers, neither Yeddyurappa nor Ramesh could muster enough to either impress the BJP central leadership or upset the Congress-JD(S) coalition government, leaving them both red-faced. What went wrong? After Ramesh vowed to make matters worse for the Congress, he found support in fellow legislators like B C Patil. The rebel leaders were hopeful of meeting Shah in Delhi to take the P7 next step. EXPRESS READ Now, BJP MLA says ‘torch’ police stn Historic high for Kohli’s India AGP leaves BJP govt in Assam BJP MLA M Chandrappa on Monday said he and his supporters will “torch” police stations if the police do not take concrete steps to stop illegal sand mining. This comes a day after Congress MLA Goolihatti D Shekhar tried to immolate himself in front of a police station. Now, a case has been booked against Goolihatti | P7 Virat Kohli became the first captain to lead India to a Test series win in Australia as rain washed out the final day’s play at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Monday. The 2-1 scoreline ended India’s 71-year wait for a series win Down Under. Cheteshwar Pujara was declared Man of the Series for scoring 521 runs in four Tests with three centuries | P18 Hours after a Joint Parliamentary Committee report on the Citizenship Amendment Bill was tabled in Parliament, the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) announced its withdrawal of support to the BJP-led state government in Assam. The decision was taken after AGP president Atul Bora met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh |P9 Govt hopes it would be a gamechanger WHY IT MATTERS MOST IN UTTAR PRADESH WHAT TO EXPECT Constitutional amendment bill to be tabled in Lok Sabha on Tuesday as statute does not provide for reservation on the ground of economic conditions It sends 80 to LS. Govt hopes to cajole grumpy upper castes into supporting it TOTAL U.P. POPULATION 22 CRORE + Upper caste Brahmins 18-20% 10% Thakurs 8% Vaishyas (Baniya) 2% Tyagis & Bhumihars 1.1% OBC 27% SC 15% ST 7.5% CURRENT QUOTA PIE TOTAL : 49.5% Bill seeks to insert clause in Sections 15 and 16, introducing reservation for economically weaker sections in educational institutions and government jobs Amendment bill to make upper caste quota part of fundamental rights Two-thirds support needed in both Houses for passage of Constitution amendment bill Upper caste quota over and above the existing 49.5% cap for SC/STs and OBCs, taking the total reservation to 59.5% Congress, AAP commit support. CPM’s Pinarayi with it, Mamata not opposed to it either Major castes that stand to benefit include Brahmins, Rajputs (Thakurs), Jats, Patels, Marathas, Bhumihars, several trading castes, Kapus and Kammas, and poor among the other religions INSIDER BUSINESS Manipal group cheated of `62 cr, four held EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Bengaluru Sandeep evaded suspicion of the firm’s audit team by forging the signature of a Board member Devaraj D, DCP(Centre) FOUR people, including the deputy general manager of Manipal Education and Medical Group, Sandeep Gururaj, have been arrested for allegedly swindling around `62 crore from the accounts of the groups’ chairman Dr Ranjan Pai and his wife Shruthi Pai over three years. The incident came to light when Ranjan grew suspicious of a transaction worth over `3 crore to an offshore account, following which he approached the police. Among other accused are Sandeep’s wife Charusmitha P N, his former colleague Amrita Chengappa, and her mother Meera Chengappa. Another accused, Vishal Somanna, employed as a pilot in Qatar Airways who allegedly assisted Sandeep in executing the scam, is absconding. According to the police, Sandeep had hatched the plot with Amrita. He started transferring money from the Groups’ account in Mauritius to accounts opened in Doha and Dubai with the help of Vishal. Sandeep, a chartered accountant in the finance section, was a trusted employee with access to P8 finances of the firm.
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