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Karunanidhi seeks ordinance for OBC quota

The CM said reservation in higher educational institutions had been one of the long pending demands of the people of Tamil Nadu.

india Updated: May 22, 2006 14:43 IST

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi on Monday requested Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to issue an ordinance for implementing 27 per cent reservation for Other Backward Classes in IITs, IIMs and AIIMS.

"As the very future of the downtrodden communities is linked with this affirmative action, we request that this announcement (27 per cent reservation for OBCs in higher educational institutions) may be implemented without any dilution or postponement," he said, in a letter to the Prime Minister.

The Chief Minister said reservation in higher educational institutions had been one of the long pending demands of the people of Tamil Nadu, especially that of those belonging to the other backward classes.

The expectations of the people of Tamil Nadu were enhanced when the Government of India announced its proposal to implement 27 per cent reservation for admission to the educational institutions controlled or financed by the Central government, Karunanidhi, also the DMK President, said.

The DMK is a constituent of the UPA-government at the Centre.

The OBCs living all over the country would be grateful to the Centre, if an ordinance was passed to implement reservation for them in higher educational institutions, he said.