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IN PROTEST: Kodagu Bahujan Samaj Party members taking out a procession in Madikeri on Friday.
IN PROTEST: Kodagu Bahujan Samaj Party members taking out a procession in Madikeri on Friday.

Staff Correspondent

Madikeri: The Kodagu Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) members, on Friday, took out a procession from A.V. School in Mahadevpet to the Deputy Commissioner’s office here demanding that the United Progressive Alliance Government scrap the bill that is intended to take away the benefits of reservations to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes concerning certain organisations and jobs.

The general secretary of the Kodagu BSP, Prem Kumar, led the procession. On reaching the private bus stand, the members burnt an effigy symbolic of the UPA Government to vent their ire.

They shouted slogans against the UPA Government all along the route.

The BSP MPs had stalled the passage of the bill in the Rajya Sabha after it was not taken up for a detailed discussion, Mr. Prem Kumar said.

He alleged that as per the new bill, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes groups would not be eligible for reservations in 47 identified organisations at the national level. The protesters, later, met Deputy Commissioner M.K. Baladevakrishna and submitted a memorandum to the State Government.

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