The Congress will maintain a national protest on February 16 to show the “anti-quota” ideology of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS), stated Congress General Secretary (Organisation) Ok.C. Venugopal on Monday. The Congress transfer comes within the backdrop of the Supreme Court verdict delivered on February 7 the place it stated that there’s “no fundamental right which inheres in an individual to claim reservation in promotions”, and in addition no court docket can order a state authorities to supply for reservation to SC/STs.
In a round issued to all of the state models and the frontal organisations, Venugopal stated, “As you are well aware that the BJP and the Sangh Parivar ideology is opposed to the reservations for SC, ST and OBC communities. The BJP has been systematically attacking the provision of reservations for SC, ST and OBC through various statements and actions for the last many years.”
Slamming the BJP-led central authorities, he stated “Carrying forward this agenda, the BJP government now has taken the unconstitutional stand in the Supreme Court.”
Sharing the Supreme Court’s order, he stated, “In response to the stand taken by the BJP government, it has been decided by our party to vehemently expose the BJP and agitate for the constitutional rights of the SC, ST and the OBC on February 16.”
Venugopal requested the celebration leaders to organise a dharna or public assembly or protest march underneath the mixed aegis of the SC, ST and OBC departments, coordinated and monitored by state unit chiefs.
Congress chief of House Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury raised the difficulty throughout Zero Hour.
Attacking the federal government, he stated, “There has been discrimination against the SCs and STs for centuries. But, the Indian government decided to give them rights after independence. What happened to this government? Why is the government trying to snatch the rights of SCs and STs.”
However, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi rejected Congress’s allegation against the federal government, saying “it was the Supreme Court’s judgment and the government has nothing to do with that”.
He instructed the Congress that it was it is the federal government in 2012 when the matter got here up within the court docket.