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PM holds meeting with BJP, other oppostion parties on quota

india Updated: Apr 09, 2007 23:24 IST

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday held consultations with leaders of BJP and some other opposition parties as part of his efforts to evolve a common ground on the vexed OBC quota issue in the wake of Supreme Court stay.

The meeting comes two days after discussions among the leaders of UPA constituents and the Left parties.

Today's meeting, held separately, was attended among others VK Malhotra, Arun Jaitley, Ravi Shanker Prasad and TDP's Yerran Naidu.

Union Ministers Arjun Singh, H R Bhardwaj and AK Anthony also attended the meetings.

"We put forth our views. We told them that the government has to take some decision in this regard whatever it deems fit," Prasad said after the meeting without elaborating.

Unfazed by the Supreme Court order on the OBC quota issue, Government had said after its meeting with leaders of UPA and Left parties last week that it will take all "appropriate steps" to ensure that the 27 per cent reservation for backward classes becomes operational from the coming academic session.

The government said it will also consult other political parties.

The apex court order staying the central law had led to demands from across the political spectrum that the government act fast to get the stay vacated and HRD Minister Arjun Singh had declared that all Constitutional and legal measures would be taken to ensure this.