All-party meeting in TN this evening on 10% reservation for EWS

Chief Minister Palaniswami

Chennai: An all-party meeting is to be held this evening (8 July) to thrash out the issue of Tamilnadu implementing the 10 per cent quota for economically-weaker sections.

The meeting, to be held at 5.30 pm, will be chaired by Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami who had promised on the floor of the House that it would be held to decide on the new rule passed by the Centre.

Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly M K Stalin had raised the issue during zero hour Tuesday and sought the government’s stand on the new 10 per cent quota. He sought to know the government’s stand on the issue which he described as a dangerously “poisonous snake”.

Responding to Stalin’s question, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami assured that he would convene an all-party meeting of recognised parties to discuss the issue. He said the government would not give up the 69 per cent quota that it had been implementing all these years.

He pointed out that all parties have to travel on the same road on the reservation issue.

Health Minister Vijayabhaskar had told the House then that legal luminaries would be consulted on the 10 per cent EWS quota.


NT Bureau