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Pro-quota groups to stage rallies in Tamil Nadu

The state assembly had also passed a resolution urging the Centre to promulgate the ordinance.

india Updated: Jun 04, 2006 14:06 IST

A group of pro-quota organisations will stage rallies and demonstrations across Tamil Nadu on June 6 to demand promulgation of an ordinance to provide 27 per cent reservation for OBCs in higher educational institutions.

GR Ravindranath, convenor of the Campaign Committee for Reservation, told reporters in Chennai on Sunday that a rally will be held here on the same day and political leaders will address it.

He noted the state assembly had also passed a resolution urging the Centre to promulgate the ordinance.

Ravindranath said pro-reservation cycle rallies will make their way from Kanyakumari and Coimbatore to Chennai. The dates for the cycle rallies will be announced later.

Welcoming the creation of additional seats in higher educational institutions, Ravindranath said 27 per cent reservation should be given within these seats too.

He also sought a constitutional amendment to allow state governments to fix their own quotas.

Alleging that the media in north India was not giving sufficient coverage to pro-quota protests, he said the reservation for OBCs should not be delayed or diluted.

A section of the party, including some OBC leaders, feel that the Congress should give up this dilemma for its own good as it would not be politically wise to allow parties like DMK, PMK and RJD to run away with the credit.

This section says that it would be a big mistake of the party if it failed to project itself as the main author of step to "uplift" the weaker sections and remained worried over the "backlash".

This section says that Arjun Singh might have utilised the issue for his personal agenda but the Congress should now go the full length to reap the political benefit out of the measure. Otherwise it would fall between two stools, the section feels.

It says that the party should say that the middle path propounded by Rahul Gandhi was the Congress' own answer to take along with it everyone.