Bharat Bandh Live: RSS is hell bent on scrapping the reservation of SC/ST & OBCs, says Tejaswi Yadav

A nationwide shutdown has been called by several tribal and dalit groups on Tuesday despite the February 13 ruling by the Supreme Court to stay eviction of 10 lakhs tribals and other forest dwellers.

Though the Supreme Court stayed the order last week, tribal rights groups have demanded an ordinance, stating that there is still a looming threat of evictions.

Today’s bandh is also being supported by several groups who are opposing the Supreme Court s recent dismissal of a review petition on a 13-point roster. They claim that the apex court’s order will adversely affect the chances of SC, ST, and OBC candidates to take up faculty posts in universities.

They have also demanded that the government establish the Indian Judicial Services under Article 312 of the Constitution, for recruitment in higher judiciary posts to ensure inclusion of SCs, STs, OBCs, minorities and women.

In Delhi, the protesters are set to march from Mandi House to Parliament Street. Tribals in Gujarat, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and other states in the Northeast are set to join Tuesday’s bandh.

 “Samajwadi Party is in strong opposition to the 13-point roster system of anti-reservation anti-reservation policy in the educational institutions by the BJP government. Dalit, OBC, backward, weak, deprived opposition, this policy is neglecting and ignoring the constitution,” SP chief Akhilesh Yadav.

“Modi government’s decision to abolish 13 point roster & approval of 10% quota to the EWS in the General category is not in line with the principle of affirmative action in the Constitution. RSS is hell bent on scrapping the reservation of SC/ST & OBCs,” Rashtriya Janata Dal’s Tejaswi Yadav had written in a tweet on Monday

“We don’t want assurance but want justice on d issue of eviction of 10 lakh tribals & similarly on d 13 point roster system in d Universities issue. This Govt is not alert, positive & pro active for social justice. To awake this Govt I support d Bharat bandh.” Sharad Yadav said in twitter.

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