Thousands of Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC) aspirants, belonging to the reserved categories, poured out on Lucknow streets on Tuesday to protest against the state government’s refusal to grant them reservation at every stage of the exam.
The protesters from different parts of UP arrived in the state capital early in the morning to protest outside the Samajwadi Party (SP) office.
The agitators, around 5,000 to 7,000 in number, were stopped near the secretariat and dispersed towards Dharna Sthal in front of Vidhan Bhawan.
The road blockage caused by them created a lot of inconvenience for the commuters.
Carrying placards and raising slogans against the ruling party, the agitators said they would intensify their protest if their demands were not met.
Some said the SP’s decision might prove detrimental to the party in the forthcoming polls.
“We demand from Mulayam Singh Yadav to impose the previous reservation policy. Otherwise, we would fight against his party and not let it win a single seat in the parliamentary elections,” said an agitator.
Around 2,000 protestors decided to stay overnight and continue their protest at Dharna Sthal.
They were assured that a meeting with the chief minister would be organised on Wednesday.
“It’s a struggle for our rights. We too work hard to pass the exam but somehow the reservation policy ends up working against us,” said an aspirant.
Most of the protestors were from Allahabad University.
The UPPCS had cancelled the results of the 2011 state civil services examinations and said the revised results would be released soon.
The results were scrapped on the intervention of SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav after an anti-reservation delegation met him in Lucknow and complained of the UPPCS’s quote policy.
The high court too has put a stay on reservation at every stage - from preliminary test to the interview - of the PCS examination.