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Ensure quota: Parties

Chennai/Hyderabad, March 30
Political parties today stepped up pressure for implementation of the 27 per cent quota for OBCs even as the Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh assemblies urged the Centre to find ways to overcome the Supreme Court verdict staying the reservation.

The Tamil Nadu assembly adopted a resolution saying the verdict depriving OBCs of reservation in elite Central academic institutions had caused a “setback to the social and educational advancement of the oppressed classes” The AP Assembly in its resolution wanted the Centre to take necessary steps to ensure reservation for OBCs.

Simultaneously, Chief Minister M Karunanidhi dashed off letters to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Vice President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat and Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee to convene both Houses of Parliament to take decisions on enabling the OBCs to enjoy the privilege of reservation from the coming academic year.

“They(OBCs) look upon the government of India to come to their rescue and protect their right of reservation,” the Chief Minister said.

An all-party delegation from Andhra Pradesh is planning to leave for Delhi to meet the Prime Minister for taking steps to implement the OBC quota.

PMK, an ally of the ruling UPA, staged a protest march in Delhi and demanded an all party meeting to resolve the issue while in Chennai their MLAs attended the Assembly proceedings wearing black badges. In Delhi, CPI-M General Secretary Prakash Karat demanded that the UPA government consult all political parties to find ways to overcome the verdict so that access to education does not remain with the privileged few. — PTI



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