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UPA Govt should find an amicable solution: Beni

WHILE THE medicos in Delhi are on warpath against reservation, the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) on Saturday said that it was not opposed to reservation proposal but there should not be any confrontation amongst the students. The party said that instead of complicating the situation, the UPA Government should resolve the issue amicably.

india Updated: May 14, 2006 01:03 IST

WHILE THE medicos in Delhi are on warpath against reservation, the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) on Saturday said that it was not opposed to reservation proposal but there should not be any confrontation amongst the students.

The party said that instead of complicating the situation, the UPA Government should resolve the issue amicably.

Talking to newsmen here on Saturday, party general secretary Beni Prasad Verma said that the government should also offer 10 per cent reservation to economically weaker section in upper castes and minorities, too.

Verma said that 27 per cent reservation to OBC had been provided after a long struggle but even now all the state governments had not implemented it.

However, he said Union HRD Minister Arjun Singh came out with the recent proposal because of elections in five states. Verma said that in order to maintain harmony in the society, the issue should be solved peacefully.

Verma said that the party would support any central legislation to settle the matter. Verma also said that reservation in the AMU should also be restored through constitutional amendment.

Referring to the Election Commission decision to register a case against PWD Minister Shivpal Yadav for violating the code of conduct in Rae Bareli Lok Sabha election, Verma said that the Commission, working under the pressure of the Congress, had adopted double standard in the matter.

He said that the Commission ignored poll time freebies announced by J Jayalalitha and M Karunanidhi but had charged Yadav with violation of code of conduct. Verma said that Yadav had only promised development for vote, which was not a crime.

He said that the Commission’s order was aimed at defaming the SP. About the Commission’s demand for the Prime Minister’s committee for the appointment of ECs, Verma said that an all-party committee should be constituted for this purpose. He said that the elections in five states had amply demonstrated that the Congress had lost ground.

First Published: May 14, 2006 01:03 IST