Quota Bill brings UP offices to standstill

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Striking government employees on Friday demonstrated outside the state BJP headquarters in Lucknow and demanded that the party to oppose the constitutional amendment Bill for reservation in promotion, which is being debated in the Rajya Sabha.

The agitating employees tore the hoardings and banners erected on the boundary wall of the party office. They tried to enter the main building, but lathi-wielding BJP workers managed to stop them. BJP leaders, however, tried to downplay the incident, saying it was a peaceful demonstration.

"They said that the BJP is party of the upper castes and it should, therefore, oppose the Bill which was against the interest of savarnas," said a party worker.

The striking employees gathered at the BJP office when their procession was on way to the Vidhan Sabha Marg, a short distance away. Employees of various departments had assembled at Parivartan Chowk in the morning to take out the procession that culminated into a meeting at the Dharna Sthal opposite Vidhan Bhawan.

Earlier in the day, several lakh government employees did not report to work across the state, causing inconvenience to the general public at offices like the collectorate, Lucknow Development Authority, Public Works Department, Indira Bhawan and Jawahar Bhawan.

The strike was called Sarvajan Hitay Sanrakshan Samiti, an organisation of general category employees,

At the Lucknow Collectorate, employees kept various offices locked throughout the day. Similar was the scene at PWD, Irrigation and Horticulture Department offices where employees kept the main entrance locked till afternoon and staged dharnas there. The response of work boycott was mixed at Secretariat where employees went back to their works in afternoon.

Sarvajan Hitay Sanrakshan Samiti president Shailendra Dubey said that the work boycott would continue until the Centre withdrew the constitutional amendment Bill.

Another group demands opening of offices from today

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