Thursday, December 15, 2011

[ZESTCaste] LJP to protest at Parliament House for SC/ST quota in Lokpal

LJP to protest at Parliament House for SC/ST quota in Lokpal
PTI Dec 13, 2011, 11.09pm IST

NEW DELHI: LJP will stage a sit-in at Parliament House tomorrow
morning demanding reservation for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes,
minorities, OBC and women in the proposed Lokpal institution.

"Today we had a meeting of SC/ST forum to decide on our next course of
action to ensure reservation in Lokpal, judiciary and private sector.
We have decided to sit on a dharna inside Parliament House next to the
statue of Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar," LJP President Ram Vilas Paswan said

There are a total of 165 MPs belonging to the SC/ST, backward and
minority sections from different political parties and LJP expects
them all to participate in the protest tomorrow, Paswan said.

"Lokpal must follow the principles of social justice and for doing
that it must have reservation for all the backward sections of the
society including women. So far we have not seen any move in this
direction either by the government or by Team Anna," he said.

LJP also demands reservation for socially backward groups in the
private sector and judiciary and it should be done by way of proper
legislation in Parliament, he said.

LJP also met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on December 8 with its
demands and got a positive assurance, he said.

Paswan is also a member of the Lokpal Standing Committee but he
decided to boycott its meetings recently.

"No assurance was coming from any side on reservation of SC/ST and
other backward classes including women in the Lokpal. There is no
point having a Lokpal which is not sensitive towards these groups," he

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