IN AN attempt to counter the agitation against reservation for other backward classes in higher education institutions and pressure the Congress-led UPA Government, the PMK has now taken up the cause of Union HRD Minister Arjun Singh.
The PMK also plans to bring leaders of all political parties on one platform to evolve a consensus on the issue.
Addressing newspersons here on Tuesday, PMK president Dr S Ramadoss said all communities should be given reservation in proportion to their population in the country. Pleading for quota system in the judiciary, media, the defence services and sports, Ramadoss said Arjun Singh was firm on bringing legislation in this connection in the Monsoon Session of Parliament.
Prior to tabling of the Bill providing for 27 percent reservation to OBC students in higher educational institutions of the Central Government, Ramadoss has decided to organise a seminar in Delhi on July 2.
He said prominent leaders from all parties would attend the seminar. He said Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav had also agreed to participate in the function.
Refusing to comment on internal squabbles in the Congress over the issue, he said the Oversight Committee had been constituted to assist the HRD ministry.
Referring to violent reaction of students in Delhi and other cities, he said some vested interests had instigated them. Ramadoss said he would expose them after tabling of the Bill in the House.
He said all the constituents in the UPA had supported the move for reservation. Laying stress on giving benefit to all OBCs, Ramadoss said there should be “compartmental reservation” on the pattern of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, so that every sub-caste could get its due share. He said it should be based on percentage of their population on the OBC list.
The PMK leader said he had written to all the chief ministers to pass a resolution in their respective state assemblies, providing 27 percent quota, so that Parliament could take up the issue in the next session. He said Tamil Nadu had already passed such a resolution.