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JAMMU, Feb 15: A strong demonstration was held by the Congress party comprising large number of SC/ST and OBC including Mahila, Youth and students over the issue of BJP Government’s recent stand in Supreme Court over reservation to, them and the withdrawal of age relaxation to the youth of Jammu and Kashmir in civil services.
As part of the nationwide protest of the Congress Party over the issue of SC/STs and OBCs, a large number of Congress leaders and workers of all hues including Mahila, Seva Dal, Youth and students held a protest under the leadership of PCC Chief G.A Mir and other senior leaders of the party at Shahidi Chowk Jammu.
Carrying play cards and banners against the BJP Government at the Centre over the issue of attempts to dilute the reservations of SC/ST and OBCs, the Congress leaders lashed out at the BJP Govt. blaming it of adopting anti-SC/ST & OBC approach.
They sought adequate protection for their constitutional rights and to ensure that the provisions of reservations as enshrined in the Constitution should be protected without any dilution and changes in the same against their interests.
Addressing the gathering PCC Chief G.A Mir said that BJP & RSS are systematically attacking the provisions of reservations for SC/ST & OBC communities through various statements and actions for the last many years.
Carrying forwards this agenda, the BJP Govt. now has taken the unconstitutional stand in the Supreme Court, wherein the Govt. has said that “There is no fundamental right to claim reservation in appointments in public posts and there is no Constitutional duty on the part of state Govt. to provide reservations”
Mir said that Modi Govt. is taking anti SC/ST & OBC stands, which will deprive them of opportunities to come forward.
He also lashed out at the Centre Govt. for its anti youth decisions with regard to J&K and referred to the withdrawal of age relaxation in civil services to the youth of general category as well SC/ST & OBC. The youth of J&K were availing this concession since Congress always protected and promoted the interests of youth of J&K in view of disturbed conditions here for the last three decades.
The recent withdrawal of age relaxation has come as a great set back and shock to the youths of J&K and sought immediate revoking of withdrawal order by DOPT of Centre Govt.
Several prominent Congress leaders, especially belonging to SC/ST & OBC, also addressed the gathering and expressed strong resentment over the moves of Centre towards these communities.
Prominent those who addressed and attended include Former Ministers Mula Ram, Raman Bhalla, M.S. Niaz, Kanta Bhan, Ch. Mohd. Akram(Ex-MLA & Chairman ST Wing), G.L. Chalotra (EX-MLA – SC Wing), Suresh Dogra (Chairman OBC), Ravinder Sharma, Th. Manmohan Singh, Dr. Manohar Lal Sharma, Kuldeep Verma, EX-MLAs Indu Pawar, Ashok Sharma, K.C. Bhagat besides Bodh Raj Bhagat, Ch. Abdul Ghani, Hari Singh Chib, Ch. Zaffarullah Subasdh Bhagat, Zahida Khan, Vinod Sharma, S. Harvinder Singh Mehta, Pawan Raina, S. Gurdarshan Singh, Iqbal Dar, Satish Sharma, Dr. Karan Bhagat, Rajesh Sadhotra (Seva Dal), , Raqeeq Ahmed Khan (NSUI), Neeraj Gupta, Kapil Singh, Sahil Sharma, Kuldeep Kumarand others.