The Bharatiya Janata Party Backward Classes' Cell is expecting a turnout of about 5,000 leaders from various backward communities' associations for the conference of Other Backward Classes (OBC) being organised by it in Bangalore on February 3 to finalise the protest plans against the UPA Government's decision to carve out a 4.5 per cent sub-quota for minorities from the 27 per cent quota of OBCs.

Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday, the cell chairman and MP, P.C. Mohan, said the conference would be held in Palace Grounds. He expressed concern that creation of such a sub-quota would affect the OBCs by reducing their reservation quota.

The cell would also take out a delegation of OBC leaders to Delhi on February 7 to meet President Pratibha Patil to convince her about the need to cancel the creation of a sub-quota.

To bring pressure on the Centre to drop its decision regarding quota, the cell would organise a huge convention of backward classes some time in April in which about 10 lakh people are expected to participate, he said.

Chief Minister's political secretary B. J. Puttaswamy also spoke.

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