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Karunanidhi welcomes Rahul as PM candidate

April 14, 2008 21:30 IST

Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam chief M Karunanidhi on Monday welcomed the idea of projecting Rahul Gandhi as the United Progressive Alliance's Prime Ministerial candidate in next year's Lok Sabha polls.

"I will be happy if he is made the Prime Ministerial candidate," he told reporters in reply to a question.

On including the creamy layer of Other Backward Classes in 27 per cent reservation in institutions of higher learning, Karunanidhi said he had taken up the matter with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh [Images] and Union Human Resource Development Minister Arjun Singh [Images].

DMK's action committee, one of the party's policy making bodies, would meet in Chennai on April 18 to finalise the party's stand on the issue, he said.

After the meeting, the party would be presenting its views to the Centre on the matter, he said.

DMK has already demanded that the Centre take immediate measures for a fair and just review of various 'parameters', including the income limit for defining the OBCs in the light of the Supreme Court judgment, so that a solution to the issue could be reached and the benefits extended in the coming academic year itself.

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