VHP to launch agitation against minority sub-quota



Nagpur: Criticising the Union Cabinet's move to provide a sub-quota of 4.5 per cent for minorities within the 27 per cent reservation for OBCs, VHP leader Pravin Togadia today announced a nation-wide agitation to demand its withdrawal.

Calling as "unconstitutional" the religion-based reservations, Togadia, the VHP International President, told reporters here that UPA was "blatantly violating the Indian Constitution with an eye on the vote-bank".

"UPA wants to deprive the majority OBCs of their legitimate dues by pampering the minorities," he alleged and warned that it (UPA) would face the wrath of the majority in the upcoming polls.

He said VHP would mobilise "one crore youths" for the 'Hindu Roti, Shiksha Bachao' agitation, which would continue till all the reservations granted to the minorities were immediately withdrawn.

"VHP is raising this issue to polarise the electorate in Uttar Pradesh and is championing the cause to maintain the unity of the majority as well as the constitutional rights," Togadia said.

While addressing a rally in Yavatmal district yesterday, the VHP leader urged people to post letters to the Prime Minister, demanding withdrawal of the Cabinet decision and asked them to organize mass-awareness campaigns in front of the residences of political leaders.

He also demanded that those who indulge in cow slaughter be "hanged in public". "In India, we worship cow and want to maintain its dignity as 'Mother God'. However, the cow is mercilessly slaughtered here. Therefore, we want a total ban on it through a legislation. If anyone violates the law, he should be hanged publicly," Togadia said.

PTI