Cong demo to condemn Centre''s ''anti-people'' policies on Feb 16

Puducherry, Feb 14 (PTI) The ruling Congress here
would hold a massive demonstration on February 16 to condemn
the "continued steps the Bharatiya Janata Party-led NDA has
been initiating to deprive the poor and downtrodden of their
Constitutional rights."
PWD Minister and PCC president A Namassivayam said in
a press release on Friday that the Centre has been "zealously
going ahead to deprive the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes
and the Backward Classes" of the fruit of reservation in
education and employment.
     The recent trend to ensure that the benefit of
reservation was not "available" to the depressed sections is
highly "condemnable."
     The architect of Constitution Dr B R Ambedkar had
framed the necessary blueprint for reservation to promote the
wellbeing of the downtrodden and to procure social justice to
them, he said and added that the first Indian Prime Minister
and also the Congress regimes at the Centre nurtured the
policy of reservation in the past.
     But, the present BJP-led NDA had been trampling upon
the reservation policy ever since it came to power at the
Centre.
     Namassivayam said the ruling Congress would hold a
demonstration at the head post office here on February 16 to
condemn the Centre's "anti-poor" policies.
     The Centre is also trying to use the recent verdict
of Supreme Court that "reservation is not a fundamental
right" to dilute the reservation principles as envisaged by
the stalwarts of the downtrodden people.
     Namassivayam wanted the Centre to go in for a review
petition to challenge the Ssupreme Court verdict.
     He said the AICC secretary Sanjay Dutt (in charge
of the Congress party affairs here), the Chief Minister V
Narayansamy, Ministers, legislators of the Congress and its
functionaries would participate in the agitation. PTI COR
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