DMK opposes 'creamy layer' concept in reservation

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Chennai, Apr 17 (UNI) Declaring that the ruling DMK in Tamil Nadu was opposed to the 'creamy layer' concept in reservation, Chief Minister M Karunanidhi today told the State Assembly that the party would strive to find an amicable solution to the issue.

''We are opposed to the very concept of creamy layer in reservation and this is party's policy,'' the DMK leader said, while responding to PMK Floor leader G K Mani's plea that the DMK government should take up the issue with the Centre to abolish creamy layer and the Assembly should adopt a resolution against the concept.

Mr Karunanidhi said the party would come up with its next course of action after discussing the issue at the its high-power policy making body tomorrow and in consultation with alliance party leaders and leaders of other parties.

He said the party was not happy with the Supreme Court order on the creamy layer concept, while upholding 27 per cent reservation in the Centrally run higher educational institutions.

While the apex court's upholding the 27 per cent quota gave him immense pleasure, its suggestion that the ''creamy layer'' among the other backward classes (OBCs) should be excluded from the benefit of reservation was a matter of concern.

He said the DMK would be in the forefront in addressing the creamy layer issue.

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