Medicos launch political party in Chandigarh
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Medicos launch political party in Chandigarh

Medicos working as private practioners announced the launching of a political party as part of efforts to oppose reservations.

india Updated: May 27, 2006 21:19 IST

Medicos working as private practioners in Chandigarh announced the launching of a political party as part of efforts to oppose the reservations for OBCs in elite educational institutions.

"We have decided to name our party the Anti-Reservation Party of India. We took this step as the Government looks adamant on the reservation issue. We decided to jump into the electoral fray as all parties have maintained a studied silence because they don't want to offend their vote banks," Neeraj Nagpal told a press conference on Saturday.

Nagpal said a group of private practioners took the initiative to float the political party. The medicos fighting against the reservations for OBCs have already given their green signal for launching the party, he claimed.

Doctors Kamna and Rana Singh said they had received support from a cross-section of people including lawyers, traders and IT professionals.

"We have found that no one is listening to us. Politicians are only concerned about their vote banks, so we decided to launch our party, which we will get registered with the Election Commission," Nagpal said.

For the first time, the medicos received support from non-medical fraternity comprising school students, students of Panjab University, Punjab Engineering College, IIT-Delhi and IIM-Bangalore, IT professionals, chartered accountants and traders.

The doctors including those from PGIMER, GMCH, Sector 32, and Government Hospital, Sector 16, took out a rally and assembled at PGIMER in Chandigarh.

"The doctors from Amritsar, Patiala, Ludhiana and PGI Rohtak also joined us. All the medicos north of Delhi have decided to continue their fight against the proposed reservation under the banner of PGIMER, North India Chapter," Anand, a senior resident at PGIMER, told reporters.

He said as the talks with the Prime Minister had remained "inconclusive and as the impasse continues, we will continue our agitation".

Anand said IT professionals from Infosys and Dell and students from schools of Chandigarh had joined the protest rally, in which the medicos came out with a charter of demands.

Services in government hospitals here remained affected as many doctors are on strike to protest the quota for OBCs in educational institutions.

First Published: May 27, 2006 21:19 IST