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Cong steers clear of SC's move to examine quota

Congress steered clear of SC's move to examine government's controversial decision.

india Updated: May 29, 2006 22:24 IST

Congress on Monday steered clear of Supreme Court's move to examine government's controversial decision to provide 27 per cent reservation to socially and economically backward classes in higher educational institutions.

"We cannot comment on observation of the court, let the final verdict come", party spokesman Rajeev Shukla said when asked about the apex court questioning the basis on which government decided to go ahead with the reservation.

Taking serious note of the concern raised during the hearing that adoption of such a policy would divide the country on caste basis, a vacation bench of the court sought response from the government as to what would be the basis for identifying OBCs.

"These questions have serious social and political ramifications and this court will deal with it appropriately," the Bench observed.

Replying to questions, Shukla said that the Government was fully committed to implement the decision and was also making earnest efforts for the agitating medicos to withdraw their strike.

He said that while implementing the quota, government would ensure that the seats for the general category are not decreased.

First Published: May 29, 2006 21:44 IST