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Three BJP states, TN to seek review of SC/ST order

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Three BJP-ruled states and will move the against its order on the SC/ST Act with the Centre maintaining that state governments are on board in seeking a recall of the verdict, days after violent protests by groups engulfed several parts of the country.

Following a nudge from the top BJP brass, Madhya Pradesh, and -- all of whom had reportedly taken steps to implement the verdict -- have revoked their decision and decided to join the Centre in filing review pleas.

sources also said the Centre is keeping ready an ordinance to annul the order of the court, depending on the outcome of its petition.

The court on March 20 had laid down guidelines to prevent the alleged misuse of the Scheduled Castes and the Schedule Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

groups have, however, vehemently protested against the verdict, saying it dilutes the law and will lead to a rise in cases of atrocities against the scheduled castes and tribes. A 'Bharat Bandh' called by them on April 2 had turned violent, leading to deaths of at least 11 persons.

While the Centre has already filed a review plea, a top told reporters that the party's central leadership has spoken to the chief ministers of Chhattisgarh, and Rajsthan, where police chiefs were asked to implement the March 20 order, to keep in abeyance the decision and move the court with their review pleas.

In Raipur, told reporters that his government is moving the against its order while it has also revoked a police department circular on implementation of the verdict.

"The is affected by the judgement. In Chhattisgarh, it is the responsibility of the government to protect the honour of SCs and STs. The has always been sensitive towards them and will move the apex court against its order," he said.

government also announced that it will move the apex court.

The decision was arrived at a meeting chaired by K with his cabinet colleagues, including his deputy O Panneerselvam, an release said.

Opposition parties have used the issue to attack the ruling BJP, which has been assiduously wooing Dalits under and its

Indicating that more states will move the apex court, home ministry officials said state governments are with the Centre on the issue of recalling the order.

"The Centre has made it abundantly clear that there should be no dilution of the SC/ST Act. It has filed a review petition in the Supreme Court for recall of its order. As far as states are concerned, they are also on board. They are in touch with the Centre and many of them are taking steps. Some have already announced that they will associate with the Centre," a ministry said.

With the NDA government facing flak from the opposition over issues, and BJP ally said the Modi dispensation will now push for reservation for schedules castes and tribes in promotion in government jobs and may bring an ordinance.

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First Published: Tue, April 17 2018. 19:20 IST