In a significant move ahead of the parliamentary election, the Madhya Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel has approved an ordinance to increase reservation for Other Backward Classes (OBCs) from 14 per cent to 27 per cent.
The move is primarily seen as an effort by the Kamal Nath-led Congress government to garner support of the OBCs ahead of the coming Lok Sabha elections and gain an edge over rival BJP in the big state of Madhya Pradesh.
It also comes before the model code of conduct for the general elections which is set to be announced soon.
Earlier on March 6, the Chief Minister had announced that his government will increase the reservation quota for OBCs from 14 per cent to 27 per cent in Madhya Pradesh.
The Chief Minister had also assured that 10 per cent reservation for the economically weaker section in the general category will also be implemented in the state.