PMO refers Gujjar reservation issue to Law Ministry

May 28th, 2008 - 12:22 am ICT by admin  

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New Delhi , May 27 (ANI): The Prime Minister’s office on Tuesday referred the issue of reservation sought for Gujjars by Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje to the Law Ministry.

Raje had on Monday written a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh recommending 4 to 6 per cent reservation for Gujjars in the category of denotified class of tribals/nomadic tribe.

According to a Law Ministry official, the matter would be studied in depth.

Raje suggestions to PM on Gujjars immature: Congress

The Congress on Tuesday dismissed Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje’s recommendations to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on reservation for Gujjars as “immature” and said they were legally untenable.

“The recommendations are against the spirit of the limits prescribed by the Supreme Court and this shows the immaturity of the Rajasthan government,” AICC spokesperson Manish Tewari told reporters.

He was responding to a question on the letter from Raje to the Prime Minister in which she has suggested that the Gujjars be given reservation over and above the 27 per cent reservation in the OBC category.

“This would result in the reservation breaching the 50 per cent limit set by the Supreme Court,” Tewari said.

He also criticised the Justice Chopra Committee set up by the Raje government to look into the demand of the Gujjars for grant of ST status, saying the panel deviated from its mandate and ended up stating that the parameters for giving the status need to be re-looked.

“It was not in its mandate to look into this issue,” he said.

Attacking Raje, Tewari said the priority of the state government should be to bring the law and order situation under control and talk to the leaders of the agitating Gujjar community.

He, however, parried a query on the Congress’ stand on the demand by the Gujjars, saying such a demand by any community has not been made for the first time and the government will decide on the state government’s recommendations on merit. (ANI)

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