Quota: BJP to launch nationwide protest

The Bharatiya Janata Party will launch a nationwide movement to oppose the United Progressive Alliance Government's move to implement the Ranganath Mishra Commission report that envisages reservation for Dalit converts to Islam and Christianity.

BJP Scheduled Castes Morcha national general secretary and the former MLA Rajendra Verma told presspersons here that the party would organise a rally in New Delhi in December.“This is the most anti-Dalit move by any Government ever. The deprived classes will not forgive the UPA if it implements the report,” he said. “Leaders such as Jawaharlal Nehru and B.R. Ambedkar opposed the proposal to extend reservation to Dalits who converted to other faiths,” he said.

According to Mr. Verma, a national executive committee meeting of the BJP SC Morcha will be held at Ambedkar's birthplace at Mhow in Indore district of Madhya Pradesh on August 10, 11 and 12.

“The future course of our agitation will be decided at the meeting,” Mr. Rajendra Verma said.

“The idea behind reservation is not just to see that deprived classes get jobs and accumulate wealth. Its essence is to see that they join the mainstream and gain acceptance by others in society. Apart from creating education and employment opportunities for these communities, reservation was intended to help them live with dignity and self-respect. However, the Congress-led UPA Government is diluting the concept of reservation by extending reservation to communities that don't deserve it,” he said.

Mr. Verma also claimed that the Mishra Commission had not studied the issue in detail. The members had spoken to some MPs and come up with a report, he alleged.

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