Stalin seeks support of national leaders including Sonia

DMK president M K Stalin has sought help of other Opposition parties to ‘defend the defenceless and preserve the basic structure of the Constitution with regard to reservation policies’.

Stalin has written a letter to AICC president Sonia Gandhi, general secretary of CPM Sitaram Yechury, general secretary of CPI D Raja, national president of JD(S) HD Deve Gowda, Andhra Pradesh CM Jegan Mohan Reddy, Telangana CM K Chandrasekar Rao and others.

“I seek your support and voice to defend the defenseless and preserve the basic structure of our Constitution in relation to reservations,” Mr. Stalin said in separate but identical letters addressed to the leaders.

He said the Centre could not be permitted to turn a blind eye when a significant number of meritorious OBC students were denied seats and reservations for SC/ST students were mismanaged by applying Central reservations in all-India quota for medical seats.

In the letter, he said, “This is to highlight the hostile discrimination shown by the Central government towards the OBCs by denying them the lawful reservation in admissions to medical and dental education through the Directorate General of Health Services and Medical Council of India. The Centre has denied reservation to OBCs in the State surrendered seats to the All India quota and in dental courses, despite the presence of regulations enabling the application of State reservation laws for these seats.

As a party committed to safeguarding the social justice, this is something we cannot sit back and watch. Providing professional education to the historically marginalised communities is essential not only for empowering them, but also for the democratisation of the society and gradual eradication of discrimination and casteism as a whole.

The Centre cannot be allowed to turn a blind eye when large number of meritorious OBC students are denied seats, and also the reservations for SC/ST students being mismanaged by applying central reservations on the All India quota.”