CHURUMURI POLL: Should Arjun Singh be sacked?

The Supreme Court’s stay today on the implementation of the 27 per cent quota for the Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in institutes of higher education is a resounding slap on the cheeks of HRD Minister Arjun Singh and indeed the UPA government of Manmohan Singh.

Rushed through with great speed, without relevant up-to-date data, the OBC quota move now lies in tatters, with the credibility of government and Parliament in question. It’s a victory for the students who opposed the move to further divide society on caste lines.

Is the SC right to call reservations “vote-bank politics” despite the ground reality? Will the politicians now bulldoze their way with something more drastic? Should there be a referendum on the issue as V.P. Singh suggetss? Should the PM sack Arjun Singh?

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