New Delhi, May 14: The All India Minorities Front (AIMF) today threatened to take on the striking medicos on the streets unless they called off their agitation against increasing the reservation for OBCs.
Terming the protesting doctors and students as "misguided", the AIMF appealed to them to leave the path of confrontation and withdraw their agitation unconditionally, "otherwise the members of AIMF would be forced to take on them on the streets," a statement by the Front said here.
The AIMF condemned the "brutal lathicharge" by police against striking doctors and demanded a judicial inquiry into the violence.
The Front also asked doctors belonging to SC, ST, OBC and minority communities to rise to the occasion and take care of patients. (Agencies)
UP Minister takes out pro-reservation rally
Monday, May 15, 2006 07:18:23 pm IANS
LUCKNOW: While strong anti-reservation protests are being witnessed in different parts of the country, an Uttar Pradesh minister on Monday led a rally in this state capital in support of quotas in jobs as well as in admissions to higher education and professional institutions.
Sports Minister R.K. Chaudhary, who heads BS-4, a breakaway group of Bahujan Samaj Party, was not able to muster more than 1,500-odd supporters. But he succeeded in drawing attention by marching through the city's main thoroughfare Hazratganj.
The rally culminated outside Governor T.V. Rajeswar's residence. A memorandum of demands was handed over to the governor.
Chaudhary sought enhancement of quota for the socially backward castes not only in government but also in private institutions.
Earlier in the day, the backward castes cell of the Congress party got nearly 500 rickshaw-pullers pedal through the streets of Hazratganj in support of reservations.
No support from Tamil Nadu
SWATI DAS, Tuesday, May 16, 2006 02:43:50 am TIMES NEWS NETWORK
CHENNAI: Medical students elsewhere in the country may be battling against the proposal to increase the reservation quota, but they won't find support from Tamil Nadu, where the reservation quota is already at a whopping 69%.
Politicians would certainly view the ongoing stir with disapproval, for, in Tamil Nadu, reservation for higher education is a very sensitive issue.
It's the only issue which sees both the DMK and the AIADMK on the same side. They have championed the cause for such a high percentage of reservation despite a Supreme Court ruling that reservation cannot go beyond 50%.
All parties from the state have in one voice campaigned for high reservations during debates in Parliament and occasionally demanded that the Centre provide Constitutional protection to the state's quota level.
All parties from the state have at some point or other campaigned for high reservations. With majority having secured seats through reservation quota, no student in the state would join their counterparts in the rest of the country. "The stir is of concern to us. We understand their problem.
But we can do nothing about it. Merit may be the best thing for us. But it is not always the criteria," said a student from IIT, Chennai, who did not want to be quoted.
While Tamil Nadu will not witness any protest, not everything is hunky-dory. Securing backward certificate has become a flourishing business, while those socially and economically poor have not benefited. There have been more political gains than social.
"There are many instances where rich Brahmin landlords are getting their children adopted by their farmhands to secure ST or MBC certificates.
But the own children of these farmhands get nothing. The benefactors are the children of those who have already come up in life," said the principal of Balavidyamandir S S Nathan.