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Stay on quota law not a setback: Arjun Singh
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March 29, 2007 13:08 IST

Rejecting that the Supreme Court order on the OBC reservation was a setback, Union Human Resources Development Minister Arjun Singh said on Thursday that the government will take constitutional and legal steps to ensure that the law is valid.

"I am convinced that the Supreme Court will also get convinced that the law is valid," Singh told reporters after the Apex Court ordered staying of the law providing 27 percent reservation to OBCs in elite educational institutions.

He said he would try to do what was constitutionally and legally correct and also maintain the social necessity that the law has tried to address.

Asked whether it was a setback, he said, "If you want to coin it that way, you are free to do it."

Singh said he did not see any basis to say it (the apex Court order) is a setback.

"Principle of reservation has been passed by Parliament and the Constitutional amendment has already been carried out unanimously. Parliament will stick to it. There are legal objections. We will try to meet them," he said.

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