Show of strength by anti-quota protestors in WB
More than 6000 students from technical and non-technical colleges of West Bengal took out a rally as a show of strength.india Updated: May 27, 2006 18:19 IST
More than 6000 students from technical and non-technical colleges of West Bengal on Saturday took out a rally in Kolkata as a show of strength in support of the nation-wide protests against the Centre's proposed reservation policy.
Shouting anti-quota slogans and holding placards condemning the move by the Union HRD ministry, students from medical, dental and engineering colleges, IIT, IIM, Jadavpur University and many leading IT companies joined the rally.
Eminent doctors of the metropolis along with representatives of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) showed solidarity with the student movement in the rally that began from Chittaranjan National Medical College (CNMC) to Sahid Minar grounds at the heart of the city.
A protest meeting was also held at Sahid Minar where medicos, students from other institutions and leading city doctors voiced their protest against what they called a 'retrogressive move by the Centre to thwart merit'.
Junior doctors from CNMC Shivalik Banerjee, who is spearheading the fortnight-long Youth for Equality movement in Bengal, said students from remote colleges of Durgapur, Purulia and Burdwan, several homeopathy colleges and leading city colleges like Presidency and Lady Brabourne also joined the massive rally.
The students would meet Chief Minister Buddhadev Bhattacharjee within a few days to seek his intervention in the matter.
Banerjee said the hunger strike and ceasework by junior doctors, interns and housestaff would continue as the hub of action shifted from CNMC to Calcutta Medical College from Sunday.