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PM should convene all party meet on quota: Nitish

Source: PTI
April 09, 2007 20:20 IST
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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday advocated reservation for Other Backward Classes on social and educational basis and urged the prime minister to convene an all-party meeting to find a solution to the quota issue.

The chief minister told newsmen that he had spoken to Manmohan Singh and Union Human Resource Development minister Arjun Singh urging them to convene an all-party meeting on the day Supreme Court had stayed 27 per cent reservation for other backward classes in central educational institutions from 2007-08 academic year.

"The SC decision may make the OBCs feel that they are being denied the benefits of reservation deliberately," the chief minister said.

Social and educational basis and not economic criteria should be the basis of reservation, which, he said, would improve the social condition of the OBCs.

"If the OBCs are getting reservation benefits in employment why should they be deprieved of this benefit in admission to elite medical and technical institutions", the chief minister said.

"But we should wait and watch since the UPA government had announced that it would find a legal solution," he said.

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