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Lalu favours reservation for upper castes

Lalu Prasad on Friday said he was not averse to granting reservation to children from the upper castes.

india Updated: May 05, 2006 22:11 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Amidst the raging controversy over OBC quota in elite educational institutions, Railway Minister Lalu Prasad on Friday said he was not averse to granting reservation to children from the upper castes.

"I have no no objection for provision of 5 to 10 per cent reservation to upper castes children by amending the Constitution", he told reporters on the sidelines of a Conference of Railway General Managers in New Delhi.

On the question of reservation to OBCs, he said Mandal Commission, which is in operation, was very clear and this should be implemented for the OBCs.

"There is already reservation for the SCs/STs. Mandal Commission, which is being implemented, is very clear in providing reservation to OBCs. It should be implemented", he said.

Prasad's comments assumes significance as he is one of the prominent leaders of the OBCs who came to the fore in post Mandal era and who ruled Bihar for 16 long years espousing the cause of the backwards.

With regard to reservation for OBCs in educational institutions which has created a controversy leading to agitations by students all over the country, he said it would be on the basis of the recommendations of Mandal Commission.

Irrespective of political parties, including ruling Congress and main opposition BJP who have agreed for extending reservation to OBCs in educational institutions, Lalu is the second Yadav after JD(U) President Sharad Yadav (both backwards) to come out openly in support of reservation for backwards.

However, the RJD chief is also the second leader after BSP chief Mayawati to favour granting reservation to upper Caste children by amending the constitution.

Keeping in mind the crucial assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Mayawati was the first leader beyond UPA constituents who has sought such facility for upper castes.

First Published: May 05, 2006 19:55 IST