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Panneerselvam ambivalent over 10 pc quota
Tamil Nadu

Panneerselvam ambivalent over 10 pc quota

Agency News

Chennai, July 9 : Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam on Tuesday informed the State Assembly that 10 per cent reservation for the Economically Weaker Sections in medical admissions will be accepted if it does not affect the backward class people.

Responding to question raised by DMK MLA and Deputy leader of the Opposition Duraimurugan during zero hour, he said the 10 per cent reservation would not be accepted if it affected the backward class people. He said a decision will be taken after legal consultations.

On DMK President and leader of the Opposition M K Stalin's query on some of the parties not invited for yesterday's all  party meeting on the issue, he said 'originally the meeting was planned only with the representatives of recognised  political parties'.

However, following a suggestion Mr Stalin, a few other parties were also invited to ascertain their views. Mr Panneerselvam also assured that steps would be taken to ensure that no party was left out next time. In the all party meeting, chaired by Mr Panneerselvam, representatives of 21 parties took part and expressed their views.

While a majority of the parties opposed it, some parties, including the BJP, Congress and CPI(M), supported it. After the meeting, Mr Panneerselvam said the government would consult legal experts and would take a decision without affecting the existing 69 per cent reservation being followed in the state. (UNI)