India Education
BJP asks PM to approach Supreme Court again on quota
Apr 9, 2007 - 10:27:50 PM

New Delhi, April 9 - The Bharatiya Janata Party - Monday urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to go back to the Supreme Court to restore the 27 percent reservation for other backward classes - in government aided institutes of higher learning.

The prime minister had called a BJP delegation for consultations on the issue arising out of a ruling of a two-judge bench of the apex court staying the OBC reservation in these institutes last month.

Apart from Manmohan Singh, Human Resource Development Minister Arjun Singh, Law and Justice Minister H.R. Bharadwaj and Defence Minister A.K. Antony were present at the meet.

The BJP was represented by party general secretary Arun Jaitley, party spokesman Ravi Shankar Prasad and deputy parliamentary party leader Vijay Kumar Malhotra.

Prasad said: 'We asked the prime minister to ensure that the OBC quota in institutes of higher education is maintained. For this we have suggested that the best course is to approach the Supreme Court again.'

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