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Opposition parties demand steps against SC order on reservation

Last Updated: Sunday, August 11, 2013 - 23:53

New Delhi: Opposition parties on Sunday demanded corrective steps against a recent judgement of Constitutional bench of the Supreme Court against reservation for SC/ST/OBC in medical and other technical institutes.
JD(U) president Sharad Yadav, BJP MP Hukumdeo Narayan Yadav, CPI leader D Raja and P K Patsani from BJD vowed their support to the issue and slammed the government for its approach towards the issue of reservation.

Rajnarayan, convener of the Janhit Abhiyan, the group which organised the event, said leaders have assured to raise the issue in a major way in Parliament in the Monsoon session.

The five-judge constitution bench headed by former Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir had pronounced its verdict on July 18 on the plea by the Faculty Association of AIIMS that there can be no reservation in appointment for faculty posts in speciality and super speciality courses in medical colleges including AIIMS.

Yadav said Kabir had given the judgement a few days before he was retiring. He said political parties were concerned that it had virtually become a practice by the judiciary to give such sensitive judgements in a hurry without hearing all parties properly.

"These anti-reservation judgements are often delivered during sensitive times," he said. Yadav said all political parties should come together to oppose the judgement.

Raja (CPI) favoured a Constitutional amendment to settle the issue of reservation once and for all, saying it should be put in the ninth schedule of the Constitution.

P K Patsani also favoured the idea of Constitutional amendment and noted that such judgements by courts can lead to social disturbance in the society, Rajnarayan said.

BJP leader Hukumdev Naryan Yadav hit out at the Congress-led government saying its intention was not good on the issue of reservation.

"They (Government) are interested in complicating the issue more than solving it and that is why such judgements come," he said.


First Published: Sunday, August 11, 2013 - 23:53
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