Special Correspondent

Wants Centre to implement it from 2006

CHENNAI: Dravidar Kazhagam president K.Veeramani on Friday urged the Union Government to implement the 27 per cent reservation for OBCs in Central higher educational institutions from 2006.

Talking to newspersons here, he said that it appeared there was hesitation among some in the Government to introduce the concession. It should not be delayed further and the Government should be firm and go ahead with the implementation.

Complimenting the Tamil Nadu Government for issuing an order to make any qualified person as temple priests, irrespective of caste, Mr.Veeramani said that a long pending wish of DK leader E.V.Ramasami had come true. To a question, he said that the matter was one relating to human rights and hence the Dravidar Kazhagam fought for it. With a view to felicitating Chief Minister M.Karunanidhi and his Cabinet for issuing the Government Order, the DK has organised a function in Thanjavur on June 12.

He demanded the reconsideration of the oil price hike but said that the BJP had no right to protest against the increase, as the Vajpayee government had raised fuel prices several times.