Bhim Army chief Chandra Shekhar Azad on Wednesday (February 12) called for a 'Bharat Bandh' against a Supreme Court ruling that states were not bound to provide reservation in promotion and appointments in public employment, on February 23. The SC had also ruled that quota is not a fundamental right.
Along with the call for a Bharat Bandh, he urged MPs and MLAs belonging to the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes to build pressure on the government to bring an ordinance to nullify the ruling. Azad said his outfit will hold a march from Mandi House to Parliament on February 16 to press for its demands.
Earlier on Tuesday, he had filed a review plea in the Supreme Court seeking a reversal of its February 7 verdict. His review plea stated that the judgement violates Article 16 (1) (There shall be equality of opportunity for all citizens in matters relating to employment or appointment to any office under the State) and Article 14 (4) (Nothing in this article shall prevent the State from making any provision for the reservation of appointments or posts in favour of any backward class of citizens) of the Constitution.
Watch the live telecast of Azad’s speech here.
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(With inputs from PTI)