Staff Reporter

`Plan for alliance of Dalit-backward sections and democratic forces'

KOTTAYAM: The Communist Party of India-Marxist-Leninist (CPI-ML) will take the lead in organising a reservation protection forum, P.J. James, party's central committee member, said here on Wednesday.

At a press conference, Mr. James said though the condition of Dalit and backward communities in Kerala was better than that in North India, the move against communal reservation was gaining momentum in the State. As such, it was imperative to give shape to a broad coalition of the Dalit-backward sections and democratic forces. He said an anti-reservation agitation by upper caste lobby, which went on for three weeks, might have temporarily subsided, but the explosive situation created by it was prevailing. According to Mr. James, the agitation should be viewed in the light of globalisation, which is gaining momentum.

The comments on the issue of reservation made by leading personalities, including those representing the Asian Development Bank, technocrats and god men, pointed to the unholy alliance among such forces. The ultimate aim of these sections was to do away with the system of reservation, he added.

The CPI(ML) would take the lead in giving a direction to the struggle to maintain reservation as a Constitutional right, Mr. James said.

The party had scheduled a reservation protection convention for June 24