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Have faith in PM: Arjun to striking medicos

Union HRD Minister Arjun Singh on Monday asked medical students and doctors to end their anti-quota stir.

india Updated: May 22, 2006 18:53 IST

Union HRD Minister Arjun Singh on Monday asked medical students and doctors to end their anti-reservation stir in the wake of the appeal made to them by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and leave the issue to him.

"On the issue of reservation, the Prime Minister has made an appeal. After this appeal, this agitation should end," Singh, said outside Parliament when asked about the continuing protests against the government's proposal for reservation for OBCs in higher educational institutions.

"There is a need to have faith in him (Prime Minister) and then move forward on the issue," he said.

In his first direct intervention in the ongoing protests against reservation for OBCs, the Prime Minister had on Saturday appealed to the striking medical students to call off their agitation assuring them of an amicable settlement and to have faith in the government.

However, the striking medicos have turned down the Prime Minister's appeal to end their stir and their talks with Health Secretary PC Hota on Sunday evening also failed to find any breakthrough.

First Published: May 22, 2006 16:22 IST