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If 99% seat grabbing cannot provide social justice, how is 27% quota going to help?

An open letter to Mr Karunanidhi


We have taken note of your latest letter to the PM wherein you have yet again opposed the Supreme Court order on allocation of vacant seats to the non-reserved category. Your rep. has met the PM to beg that the Creamy Layer limit (already sky high) be raised to Rs.4.50 lakhs. We have also taken note of your repeated chants that SC/ST/BC/MBC are oppressed and need to be rescued from the present crisis. Would you be kind enough to answer the following questions:

(a) Even after an illegal 99% seat grabbing in colleges/jobs/assembly, if Social Justice for the SC/ST and the imaginary BC/MBC is still not achieved, how do you expect that 27% quota in Central Universities will help?

(b) Are you going to demand that CET be abolished only for the “weak, backward, marginalized and oppressed" TN SC/ST/BC/MBC…C as you have done in TN under the garb of helping the rural folks?

(c) If, even after hundred years of Dravidian Rule in TN, if the XYZC are “oppressed" as repeatedly claimed by you, shouldn’t your party be held responsible for oppressing the people?

(d) What do you mean by saying “our people"? Are you the CM of Tamil Nadu or are you the CM of Quota People of TN? Is TN reserved for SC/ST/BC/MBC/….C?

Manmohan’s assurance on income ceiling 19.09.08
CHENNAI: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has promised to do the needful on the issue of raising the income ceiling for OBC reservations, according to Union Minister of Highways and Surface Transport T. R. Baalu. Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi had, in a letter to the Prime Minister, requested that the income ceiling for availing the 27 per cent reservation for OBCs in higher educational institutions be raised from Rs.2.5 lakh to Rs.4.5 lakh. Mr. Baalu said he met the Prime Minister on Thursday to discuss the issue.

Karunanidhi writes to Manmohan on OBC reservation issue 18.09.08
CHENNAI: Unless the issue of creamy layer is tackled to the “best of satisfaction of the Other Backward Castes, the object of the Constitutional amendment will not be fully met," Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi said in a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. In the letter to Dr. Singh on Wednesday, a copy of which was released to the media, Mr. Karunanidhi said the DMK had strongly opposed the concept of creamy layer and due to its exclusion, about 400 seats in higher educational institutions remain unfilled in the current academic year. The Supreme Court had held that there was no bar in filling these vacancies from among the open competition category students, he said. It was to fulfil one of the longstanding demands of the OBCs that the United Progressive Alliance government introduced the Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Admission) Act, 2006, providing for 27 per cent reservation to students from OBCs. “After crossing a number of hurdles, the validity of this Act was upheld by the Constitutional Bench of the Supreme Court…Even after this major historic development, the implementation of the 27 per cent reservation has been facing rough weather," Mr. Karunanidhi said. The 27 per cent reservation for OBCs was not being implemented fully. “Only one third of the prescribed quota has been implemented, excluding the creamy layer. The enhanced income ceiling from Rs.2.5 lakh to Rs.4 lakh per annum recommended by the National Backward Classes Commission has also not been taken up for implementation. All these factors have diluted the purpose of reservation and resulted in vacancies" he said. If the vacancies were filled from among open competition category candidates, the OBCs fear that it would be a big setback to their right of reservation, Mr. Karunanidhi said. Hence, the situation had to be resolved using legal means, Mr. Karunanidhi said and wanted the Prime Minister to “take immediate steps to rectify the situation and pave the way for full implementation of social justice."

DMK will not forsake rights of depressed classes, says Karunanidhi 18.09.08
CHENNAI: The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam will not forsake rights of backward, most backward and depressed classes just because it has an understanding with some other party, Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi said on Wednesday. Referring to the Supreme Court’s reiteration on Monday that vacancies in the reserved category in Central institutions of higher education would go to the general category, Mr Karunanidhi said “we should not lose our rights. Rights are not meant for us. They are for our inheritors, our people and the future of Tamil Nadu," the Chief Minister said, receiving postal stamps on Pitty Theyagarayar (1852-1925), C. Natesan (1875-1937) and T.M. Nair (1868-1919), founders of the Justice party, at a function in the city. Expressing the hope that a positive outcome would emerge following his letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the issue of the reservation, Mr Karunanidhi said otherwise, no purpose would be served by merely releasing the stamps of the leaders. “We should rescue BCs, MBCs and Scheduled Castes from the present crisis, which aims at blunting the sharpness of the principle on which the concept of reservation was founded" he said, adding that the system of carry forward could be adopted instead of allowing the transfer of unfilled reserved seats to the general category. Noting that he earlier received a letter from the Congress leader Kumari Ananthan recalling his earlier assurance of rechristening the Pondy Bazaar as Soundara Pandian market place, Mr Karunanidhi said though the area got its name from the self-respect movement leader W.P. A. Soundara Pandian, its name was subsequently shortened. Hereafter, the Pondy Bazaar would be called the Soundara Pandian market place. Releasing the stamps, A. Raja, Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology, said the release of the stamps marked recognition for the Dravidian movement, which was till recently branded secessionist and one promoting hatred among castes. The ideals of the movement, laid down decades ago, had not yet been fully accomplished. Parithi Ilamvazhuthi, Information Minister, Radhika Doraiswamy, Postal Secretary, Indira Krishnakumar, Principal Chief Postmaster General (Tamil Nadu Circle) and M. Subramanian, Chennai Mayor, attended the function.

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