Tamil Nadu government to install statue of former Prime Minister V.P. Singh in Chennai

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Tamil Nadu CM M.K. Stalin

Tamil Nadu CM M.K. Stalin
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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin on Thursday told the Legislative Assembly that a statue of former Prime Minister V.P. Singh, would be installed in Chennai. This was “to express the Tamil society’s gratitude” for his contribution to social justice, creation of the Cauvery Water Tribunal, and naming of the international airport terminal in Chennai after late Chief Minister C.N. Annadurai (of the DMK) and the domestic airport terminal after another former Chief Minister, K. Kamaraj (of the Congress).

Making a suo motu statement, Mr. Stalin said it was Singh who implemented 27 per cent reservation for the Other Backward Classes (OBC) in Central government jobs based on the recommendations of B.P. Mandal, chairman of the Second Backward Classes Commission.

The Chief Minister also pointed out that though the Constitution provided reservations for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (SC/ST), Backward Classes were not given reservations commensurate with their population.

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