Medicos vow to vote against Congress

Students from five medical colleges marched through the streets of the Capital raising anti-Arjun slogans.

india Updated: May 02, 2006 22:55 IST

Giving their anti-reservation agitation a political colour, hundreds of medical students on Tuesday took a pledge not to vote for Congress in future elections.

Raising the banner of protest against the Government's proposed reservation plan, students from five premier medical colleges marched through the streets of the capital in the scorching sun before assembling at Jantar Mantar.

Showing their anger against the hike in OBC quota in elite educational institutions, they raised anti-Arjun Singh slogans and flayed what they termed as "vote-bank politics".

They then took a pledge to exercise their franchise in future elections and not to vote for Congress, which heads the ruling UPA coalition at the Centre.

"We as responsible citizens pledge that we shall go and vote henceforth and also resolve to never cast a vote for an irresponsible and insensitive party such as the Indian National Congress (INC)," the pledge said.

However, differences arose soon after this with a section of the students opposing such a pledge, saying the fight was against reservation in educational institutions and not against any particular political party.

First Published: May 02, 2006 18:02 IST