Parties mount quota pressure on Centre

New Delhi: | Updated: Mar 31 2007, 05:30am hrs
Political parties on Friday stepped up pressure on the Centre asking it to find a way out to overcome the Supreme Court verdict staying the implementation of 27% reservation for OBCs in elite educational institutions. The Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh assemblies passed resolutions asking the Centre to take necessary steps to ensure reservation for OBCs. Chief minister M Karunanidhi also wrote to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Vice President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat and Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee asking to convene both Houses of Parliament to take a decision to ensure quota for OBCs.

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. PMK, an ally of the ruling UPA, took out a protest march in the capital against the Supreme Court stay.

The JD(U), on the other hand, asked the government not to implement the Supreme Court's order and sought an all-party meeting to discuss the "socially negative" judgement of the courts. It also sought reservation of posts for scheduled castes, tribes and OBCs in the higher judiciary.