Wednesday May 10 2006 00:00 IST, PTI
MUMBAI: Industrialist Ratan Tata on Tuesday faced angry sloganeering by pro-reservation activists at a function here to confer him the highest award of the Maharashtra government.
As soon as he got up to receive Maharashtra Bhushan award at Ravindra Natya Mandir in Dadar, half a dozen youth got up and shouted slogans “go back Tata”.
The youths were immediately whisked away by the state police.
The activists of the unidentified organisation were opposing the alleged opposition of Ratan Tata to reservation in the private sector and complained that they had not been granted any audience by the industrialist for a discussion on the issue.
Sources close to Tata, however, said no request was received by the office of the Tata group chairman from any outfit on the reservation issue.
Tata had earlier expressed reservation against any legislation for reservation saying this was not an appropriate way to go about on the issue.