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CPI justifies reservation in IIMs and IITs

The party went on to say that people should view the long overdue development in a dispassionate manner.

india Updated: Apr 08, 2006 18:20 IST

CPI on Saturday justified the Centre's decision to extend reservation for backward classes in higher educational institutions.

The party went on to say that people should view the "long overdue development in a dispassionate manner".

Debunking the theory that reservation would compromise merit, efficiency and quality, CPI National Secretary D Raja, told reporters in Chennai that this could not be accepted because SCs, STs and OBCs had been denied access to higher educational institutions for a long time.

He claimed that an "undeclared" reservation system had always prevailed in educational institutions, where a quota existed after separate quota was allocated to SCs and STs.

"Therefore all people should accept it. The talk of mandalisation is an attempt to prevent implementation of a justified policy", he said.

Criticising BJP leaders LK Advani and Rajnath Singh's Suraksha yatra, Raja said such yatras were undertaken only because the party was in a state of "all pervasive crisis in ideology, politics and organisation".

He said the yatra had no support of the people who are grappling with more serious issues like economy.

"But the BJP is trying to create a communal tension in the country. It has not reconciled to its defeat in the Lok Sabha polls. They are very much desperate and lack any issue with which they can go to the people. Therefore, they are attempting to go back to the basics of Hindutva", he said.

On office-of-profit issue, he said it should be debated and decided in the Parliament.