Reservations in promotions: Anti-quota protestors ‘clash’ with partymen

A group of anti-quota government employees, protesting against the BJP's stand on reservation in promotion, entered into a scuffle with BJP workers who had gathered outside Lucknow airport to welcome party president Nitin Gadkari on Monday morning.

The protestors, who shouted slogans against the BJP and its president as Gadkari was coming out, had an argument with party workers, which turned into a scuffle.

Later, addressing the rally, Gadkari said people who raised slogans against him were Samajwadi Party workers who were holding banners of government employees. He said the BJP in the Parliament will not do anything which may harm any caste, but will follow the Constitution.

Gadkari said that reservation on the basis of religion was not allowed in the Constitution but Congress, SP and BSP were favouring it to divide the country on the basis of religion.

Shailendra Dubey, president of the Sarvajan Hitay Sangharsh Samiti, said he and his supporters had gone to Lucknow airport to handover a memorandum to Gadkari, but the BJP workers did not allow them to meet him and also beat up employees.

Dubey alleged that former BJP state president Surya Pratap Shahi incited the party workers to beat up the employees, saying that they were goons of the SP, but senior leaders like Gadkari and Kalraj Mishra did not intervene. He added that no employee suffered any injuries.

Shahi said Dubey's allegations were baseless and the BJP workers had behaved in a "disciplined and restrained manner" while some protestors were unruly and behaved like anti-social elements.

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