Cong rally today to drum up support for promotion quota
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Since the formation of a new state committee nearly four months ago, the Congress will be taking to the streets for the first time on Thursday to create a favourable atmosphere for reservation in promotion bill in Uttar Pradesh ó the state which has become the epicentre of the debate.
Recently, large-scale anti-reservation in promotion protests were witnessed in the state capital, allegedly backed by the ruling Samajwadi Party, which has opposed the bill.
The Dalit Adhikar Rally, which will also be attended by Dalit leaders, will be led by Congress MP and National Commission for Scheduled Castes chairman P L Punia. "Atrocities against the Dalits in the state are increasing by the day and the reservation in promotion bill is an important tool for their uplift. To push for reservation in promotion and raise Dalit issues, we will take out a rally," Punia said.
There will be an assembly at the Ravindralaya auditorium at Charbagh, Lucknow, which will be addressed by leaders beginning 11am. At 1 pm, they will then move to take out a march and stage a dharna outside the UP Vidhan Sabha.
The reservation in promotion bill has been passed in the Rajya Sabha while repeated adjournments were witnessed in Lok Sabha when it was tabled last session.
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