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Talks held on reservation issue

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan on Wednesday made it clear that the State government wanted to ensure that backward class communities got the benefit of 50 per cent reservation in government jobs as guaranteed by the Constitution and hoped to secure a favourable verdict from the Supreme Court.

The Chief Minister expressed this view at a meeting with Opposition parties in the Assembly to discuss the vexed job reservation issue in the light of the High Court verdict in the PSC recruitment case.

The Chief Minister, according to sources, sought the views of the Opposition on the issue. The Opposition leaders first wanted the government to make its stand known. The Chief Minister said that the government did not have a blueprint and had not formulated a mechanism to implement the norms.

The Opposition Leader Oommen Chandy said that the leaders informed the Chief Minister that various opposition parties would hold discussions on the issue and give an opinion. The meeting was attended by Mr. Chandy, K.M. Mani, Kutty Ahmed Kutty, K.K. Shaju, K.B. Ganesh Kumar, P.C. George and Thiruvanchur Radhakrishnan.

Education Minister M.A. Baby, Food Minister C. Divakaran and Law Minister M. Vijay Kumar were also present at the meeting.

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