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Congress hails OBC order as 'landmark judgement'

Hailing the judgement, the Congress says the protests and "motivated allegations" on the issue of reservation have now been silenced.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 10, 2008 01:04 PM IST

The Congress on Thursday hailed as a "landmark judgement" the Supreme Court's clearance to 27 per cent quota for the OBCs in institutions of higher education and noted that the protests and "motivated allegations" on the issue of reservation have now been silenced.

"It's a landmark judgment, very significant as it upholds the most remarkable, laudable initiative of the Government, of the Congress party," AICC spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said.

"It has been upheld by the court. There was a whole cacophony of protests. There were all kinds of motivated allegations made and that has now been silenced," he said.

Singhvi said the UPA Government's decision to give reservation to OBCs was based on the idea that there should be co-ownership of the elements of democracy by the backward classes and a crucial element in this was co-ownership of educational facilities.

"I think that basic point has to be understood and appreciated," he said.

On the court excluding the creamy layer in the OBCs from the quota benefit, Singhvi said it has taken a middle path that does not take away the basic thrust of the judgement, which is upholding the policy.

On the judgement's significance for the party in the coming elections, Singhvi said, "I don't think the court decides these matters according to whether it helps us or not. But certainly, all laudable initiatives of the UPA which are taken for the public benefit will reach the public."

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