'Quota should be provided by minority institutions too: BJP

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New Delhi, Apr 10 (UNI) Welcoming the judgment of Constitutional Bench of the Supreme Court upholding 27 per cent reservation for Other Backward Classes (OBCs), the BJP today said the minority institutions too should extend reservation benefits to these sections.

BJP spokesman Ravishankar Prasad said benefits of reservation for the OBCs should be extended by the minority institutions who vehemently argued for giving reservation to for Dalit Christians and Muslim themselves, did not want to give quota benefits to the OBCs in institutions managed by them.

The Mandal Commission, which went into the issue of backwardness among the Muslims had found that backward sections did exist in the Muslim and Christian society and had recommended reservation.

Strangely these communities did not accept the Mandal report although they posed as if they championed for the cause of Dalit Christians and Muslims, he said.

Mr Ravishankar Prasad said the party would be giving a detailed and structured response on the issue at the same time it expected a formal reaction from the Centre on the issue.

Informed sources from the BJP said the creamy layer issue raised by the apex court is likely to churn an interesting debate because the judgment has conceded the concept of extremely backward castes.

The BJP will go through judgement copies of individual Judges and understand the reasonings and rationale on which they had arrived at the conclusion to uphold 27 per cent quota for the OBCs.

The party also feels that the result of this churning would bring about a qualitative shift in the ground rules for politics on the backward classes, sources said.

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