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Explain reservation proposal: EC to govt

Onkar Singh in New Delhi | April 08, 2006 16:52 IST
Last Updated: April 09, 2006 00:15 IST


The Election Commission of India has asked the Union cabinet secretary to explain why the government has announced a policy regarding reservations inacademic institutions for the poor and the backward classes particularly when five crucial states of the Indian Union are in the midst of electing new state Assemblies.

Arjun Singh, minister for human resource development, had saidthe policy would apply to allinstitutions in the country includingpremier institutions like IITs, IIMs and medical courses.

The Election Commission has also asked the Haryana chief secretary to explain by 5 pmSaturday how the state government released an advertisement showing Sonia Gandhi along with the maps of the five polling states.

The directives were issued by the commission on Saturday morning after it was pointed out by the Bharatiya Janata Party that the reservation announcements and the Haryana government advertisement amounted to gross violation of the model code of conduct.

Speaking to rediff.com, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, vice president of BJP, welcomed the decision of the commission and hoped that it would take a strict notice of the violations.

"We had complained to the commission on Friday about the reservation announcements by Human Resource Development MinisterArjun Singh. We are pleased that the EC has taken cognisance of our complaint," he said.

Naqvi also wrote a two page letter to Prime MinisterManmohan Singh alleging that the reservation announcements by the government were part of their vote bank politics to woo the voters who were moving away from the Congress party.

"I have said in my letter that their grand appeasement of the minorities and the backward communities is not doing good totalented students from India who have been selected fortop jobs abroad. These policies would harm India's image abroad. It is a paper horse and is not going to help the Congress party to do well in the states, which are electing new Assemblies," Naqvi said.


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Sub: paper horse?

I am no supporter of the likes of Arjun singh or Naqvi,since both are the same coin only opposite sides,as convenience would have.ManMohan Singh has ...


Posted by partha biswas





Sub: Reservation

First let the legislatures reserve 50% of the seats in all state and parliament that 270 to be reserved in parliament - then let these ...


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Sub: Rediff must

Rediff being a prominent representation of the issues of the youth, must do a little more that what is being done to cover this issue ...


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Sub: Quota Proporsal

Dear sir, Application of quota reservation will pull down the deserving meritorious students devaluing the standard of such institutions. In sead of such reservations, HRD ...


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Sub: reservation in IITs and IIMs

It's good that EC has challenged the govt. and exposed once again their narrow-minded votebank politics. What would really be desirable is the abolition of ...


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