Chennai, Apr 19: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK president M Karunanidhi today said his party would strive for legal sanctity to the 27 per cent reservation for OBCs in higher educational institutions despite the Supreme Court allowing the inclusion of people from the creamy layer in case of want of candidates.
Answering a set of questions, Mr Karunanidhi said though the Supreme Court had said the state governments could issue guidelines to fill up candidates from creamy layer (from OBCs), if enough candidates were not available among OBCs, the party desired that the 27 per cent reservation, excluding creamy layer was implemented legally.
"We want legal sanctity for 27 per cent reservation, excluding the creamy layer. We want this as a matter of right and not by way of any concession," the DMK chief said.
He said the Supreme Court, while upholding 27 per cent reservation for OBCs, held that the creamy layer in the OBCs should be excluded.
However, it also observed that the government could relax the stipulation to some extent so that sufficient number of candidates were available for filling up the 27 per cent reservation.
The Supreme Court, while asking the Centre and the state governments to issue guidelines to identify the creamy layer, has said "even by applying this principle, the candidates are not available, the state can issue appropriate guidelines to effectuate the implementation of reservation (27 per cent) purposefully." "What the Supreme Court had suggested was only a concession but we want to legally implement 27 per cent reservation excluding creamy layer," Mr Karunanidhi said.