More quota posers fly at Arjun Singh
These are some of the messages that people from different walks of life penned down during a signature campaign carried out at Patel Park near the GPO on Saturday. A large number of people, doctors, lawyers, teachers, students and common citizens, converged under a single banner to register their protest against the proposed hike in reservation mooted by Union HRD Minister Arjun Singh.india Updated: May 21, 2006 01:31 IST
Wiil Arjun Singh give quota to patients as well?
Doctors are made by education and not by reservation.
Will Arjun Singh give quota to poor people as well?
Don’t divide us in the name of politics
These are some of the messages that people from different walks of life penned down during a signature campaign carried out at Patel Park near the GPO on Saturday. A large number of people, doctors, lawyers, teachers, students and common citizens, converged under a single banner to register their protest against the proposed hike in reservation mooted by Union HRD Minister Arjun Singh.
The protest started with a dharna and then turned into a signature campaign. A meeting also was held in which leaders from each group raised their voice against reservations. The protesters raised anti-Arjun Singh and anti-Union government slogans and formed a long human chain from the busy Hazratganj crossing to the Vidhan Bhawan. Such was the impact that even commuters joined them, further stretching the human chain.
Irate citizens condemned the police attack on medicos in Delhi and Mumbai and pleaded to the UPA government to do away with the reservation policy, which according to them, was aimed at dividing the society. If resident doctors of SGPGIMS and those from the Lucknow Bar Council demanded the UPA government to dispense away with reservations, then teachers’ representatives of LU and degree colleges demanded reservation on economic basis. Students from Loreto Convent and La Martiniere Girls’ College participated in this campaign. Both LUTA president and general secretary DP Tewari and Pushpendra Mishra extended their support to the agitation carried out by the doctors of the SGPGIMs and condemned the attack on medicos. Anshumali Sharma of JNPG College argued that if the government was really keen on uplift of SC/ST, it should help them by giving free education and other facilities.
President of Lucknow Bar Council, Saroj Kumar Shukla supported the agitation being carried out by medicos across the country. Students from Saraswati Dental College also registered their protest by sporting black badges. Office-bearers of the PMSA too flayed the attack on the medicos.
Members of the IMA, Lucknow also expressed anger over the manhandling of medicos. IMA doctors all over the state kept away from routine work and only attended emergency cases.
However, the UP Backward Sangh supported the government move for reservation in IITs and IIMs.
First Published: May 21, 2006 01:31 IST