NSS general secretary G Sukumaran Nair has said that his organisation will demand reservation for the economically backward in the general category, with the support of all communities that do not receive benefits of reservation.
“We do not want to offend any community in the reserved category. Moreover, we are trying to get the support of these communities in getting reservation for the economically backward in the non-reserved category, on the basis of social justice. We have the sympathies of the SNDP Yogam in this regard and are ready for any compromise on the matter,” he added.
Nair was speaking at a press meet arranged on the sidelines of a function to release the income and expenditure statement of the NSS for 2011-12, at its headquarters here. He also said that the National Commission for Economically Backward Classes chairman, S R Sinho, has submitted a report to the Central Government regarding reservation and now it is the government’s prerogative to decide on it. “If there is no favourable decision on the part of the government on the report, there will be further Hindu consolidation. Leaders of other Hindu organisations are meeting us, but we will try for a wider alliance only after fully consolidating our tie-up with the SNDP,” he said.
To a question on the reported controversial remarks made by Ernakulam DCC president on Sree Narayana Guru he said, “Whoever has made such a statement should apologise in public.”
About the media reports on the CPM trying to get cosy up with caste-base organisations, he said that it was a part of the party strategy and NSS’s political stand would remain the same. He also reiterated that the alliance with the SNDP would not be broken on the matter of reservation.