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Pro, anti-quota groups firming up strategies

THE RESERVATION stir may appear to have subsided after the anti-reservationist medicos called off their all-India strike some days ago, the issue is far from over and still simmering.

india Updated: Jun 07, 2006 01:31 IST

THE RESERVATION stir may appear to have subsided after the anti-reservationist medicos called off their all-India strike some days ago, the issue is far from over and still simmering.

Both the factions — pro-reservationists and anti-reservationists — are now planning new strategies and ploys to intensify the struggle and impress upon more and more people to support their cause.

While the ‘Fight for Right’ group, supporting reservation, has an all-India maha rally scheduled at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on June 8, the anti-reservation group, ‘Youth For Equality’, is holding a national-level meeting in Bangalore on June 10.

This is for the first time ever since the Mandal-II stir began in the country that unified national level events are being organised by both groups. The events are expected to garner countrywide backing from respective leaders and followers while several new aspects to the issue could also emerge out of the meetings.

“Pro-reservation faction’s leader Dr Udit Raj and several other leaders will address the maha rally at Jantar Mantar,’’ MP Junior Doctors’ pro-reservation group leader Dr Vineet Gour informed the Hindustan Times today. Dr Gour, along with about 50 representatives from all five medical colleges of the State is leaving for New Delhi on June 7.

“Even non-medicos supporting reservation will go with us under the leadership of Dr Chandrashekhar Dhurwa,’’ Dr Gour added. He stated thousands of people from all over the country were expected to attend the maha rally and give their support to the proposed reservation for OBC category.

On the other hand, three junior doctors from MP will represent the State’s anti-reservationist faction at the all India meeting to be held in Bangalore.

“About 180-200 representatives of ‘Youth For Equality’ from various states will gather at Bangalore to chalk out further strategy for opposing the reservation,’’ MP Junior Doctors’ Association (MPJDA) vice-president Dr Hitesh Sharma said.

The main agenda at the meeting, he added, is to take the anti-reservation struggle to a higher level and create further awareness across the country about the possible backlash if reservation was approved. The names of the three representatives from MP would be finalised in a couple of days, Dr Sharma added.