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Signature-SMS drive launched against quota

THE ANTI-RESERVATION brigade launched a signature-cum-SMS campaign in the city on Tuesday to protest against the Union Government?s decision to increase quota in reputed colleges.

india Updated: Apr 12, 2006 01:14 IST

THE ANTI-RESERVATION brigade launched a signature-cum-SMS campaign in the city on Tuesday to protest against the Union Government’s decision to increase quota in reputed colleges.

Bank employee Arnav Lahiri led the campaign, along with several likeminded people. “Throughout, the day we kept on receiving support from virtually everyone. There were around 1,000 signatures, a similar number of SMSes and messages received at our makeshift counter near Sahara Ganj,” Lahiri said.

The motley group supporting Lahiri comprised bankers, professionals and students. “Actually, several of us are already employed. So, we are not going to be affected by the government’s decision. However, it is for the sake of others that we are taking up the cause. Quality will be the biggest casualty, if the government goes ahead with its decision,” said another key member of the anti-reservation brigade.

A couple of days ago, this group had got the support of several IIT aspirants when they had come to the city to take the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE). “You had to see the support to believe it,” said Rajeev Singh, a BBA student at LU.

The signature campaign will continue on the Amity University campus in Gomti Nagar on Wednesday from 2 pm.

“We plan to send all the responses to the President of India,” Lahiri said. Others assisting him were professional photographer Sharad Dwivedi, businessman Shahnawaz, MBA aspirant Gunjan Moitra, LU BCom student Nidhi Rastogi, and students Mayank Agarwal and Sumit.

“We are getting more and more people everyday to support our cause,” they said.