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Agitating students blast Govt's quota decision

Earlier the anti-quota relay fast by students in West Bengal entered the fifth day with more participation from non-technical institutions.

india Updated: May 24, 2006 09:03 IST

Anti quota agitating students in Kolkata on Tuesday night strongly condemned the UPA-Left decision to introduce OBC quota from June 2007 saying it was "direct attack" on meritorious students deserving a berth in technical institutions.

A spokesperson of the protesting students at Chittaranjan National Medical College in Kolkata said the student bodies would hold a massive demonstration against the Centre's quota decision on May 27.

Earlier the anti-quota relay fast by students in West Bengal entered the fifth day on Tuesday with more participation from non-technical institutions.

Sources in 'Youth for Equality', the umbrella organisation of the agitating junior doctors and house-staff, said that despite the boycott, the outpatient and emergency departments functioned normally.

Technical and non-technical students would participate in an anti-quota rally in Kolkata on May 27.

The rally, with representation from all state-run medical Colleges in West Bengal, IIT, Kharagpur, IIM, Joka and other premier institutions like Jadavpur University, Ashutosh College and Bengal College of Engineering and Technology, Shibpur, would be the biggest ever protest organised by anti-quota agitators in the state.