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Quota row rocks Lok Sabha, joint session urged

Judiciary faces flak for putting on hold the 27 per cent reservation in elite educational institutes.

india Updated: Apr 26, 2007 15:02 IST

The OBC quota issue on Thursday rocked Parliament with members questioning the judiciary for putting on hold the 27 per cent reservation in elite educational institutes and demanded convening of a joint session to ensure implementation of the quota from this academic year.

The issue, which led to an improptu discussion in the Lok Sabha, saw members asserting that Parliament was supreme and demanding in unison that reservation be made applicable from this academic year itself through a constitutional amendment.

Despite pleas by Speaker Somnath Chatterjee not to refer the judiciary, some members including Devendra Prasad Yadav of RJD, C Kuppuswamy (DMK), L Ganesan (MDMK) as also Ram Gopal Yadav (Samajwadi Party) spoke about the situation caused by the Supreme Court stay in the case.

The refrain of members was that there was need to understand that Parliament was supreme and the concerned law was enacted unamimously by both Houses.

Devendra Prasad Yadav said a "new convention" was being set as the judgment of a nine-member bench was being reversed by a two-member bench.

He continued to speak on judiciary encroaching on the turf of legislature despite appeals from the Chair that there should be no reference to courts.

Asserting the will of the House is the will of the people, SP leader Ram Gopal Yadav said a peculiar situation has arisen before Parliament and the country due to the apex court's judgement.

First Published: Apr 26, 2007 14:35 IST

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