'SC staying OBC reservation, a slap on UPA's face'

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New Delhi, Mar 29: The BJP today welcomed the Supreme Court's decision to stay 27.5 per cent reservation for OBCs in Centrally run educational institutions and said it was a slap on the face of the UPA government which failed to place the case in the right perspective.

''The court order shows that the UPA government was more interested in reaping political benefits than providing social justice by such half hearted efforts. BJP firmly supports 50 per cent reservation for the SCs, STs and OBCs on the basis of social backwardness and reservation for the economically backward sections of people from castes and communities not covered under reservation,'' BJP Spokesman Prakash Javadekar said. ''Unless the government took a comprehensive view, it could neither succeed in keeping all sections happy nor keep the courts happy,'' he added.

The SC Bench comprising Justices Arijit Pasayat and Lokeshwar Singh Panta stayed, till further orders, the operation of government notification issued in January this year providing for 27.5 per cent reservation for OBCs in the Centrally run educational institutions as IITs, IIMs and Post Graduate medical science courses on the ground that the government had failed to provide any authentic and reliable data to justify its reservation policy.

The next hearing has been fixed in the third week of August.


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