Signature campaign in Delhi against quota hike
The issue of enhanced reservation in institutions of higher learning on Tuesday saw widespread protests with students taking out rallies in Delhi and other parts of the country.india Updated: May 03, 2006 12:07 IST
The issue of enhanced reservation in institutions of higher learning on Tuesday saw widespread protests with students taking out rallies in Delhi and other parts of the country.
The anti-quota rally in the Capital, taken out by over 1,000 medical students of five premier medical colleges of the city, was joined in by schoolchildren and Delhi University students.
Medical students, who have been boycotting classes for nearly a week now against the reservation proposal, marched from the Maulana Azad Medical College (MAMC) towards Jantar Mantar, raising slogans like ‘Reservation is no solution’ and carrying placards.
The students, under the banner of ‘Youth for Equality’, also launched a signature campaign, asking people supporting them to sign on a 50-metre-long paper sheet which will be submitted to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Meanwhile, there was a sort of face-off between agitating students and pro-reservation rallyists, as they both gathered at Jantar Mantar to hold their demonstrations.
The pro-reservation activists, under the banner of the All India Minorities Front, criticised the students’ protest saying reservation was necessary to bring social justice.
Anti-reservation protests were also held in Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore and Chennai. Medical students in Ahmedabad, meanwhile, decided to boycott classes to make their point.