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December 22, 2016

Raise voice against reservation to get caste based quotas scrapped, says Union minister VK Singh in Uttar Pradesh

Union minister General VK Singh has said that people should raise voice against caste-based reservations, if they want them to be scrapped.

Singh said this in Unnao in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh. "Whether the system (quota for weaker sections) has to remain in place or changed, this decision has to be taken by people", he said.

Singh further said that if people want reservations to go, then they should speak up against reservations in government jobs, reported Dainik Jagran.

Quotas is a sensitive issue in India. Earlier, BJP had lost the election in Bihar after RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat's comment suggesting that reservation could be scrapped and caste-based quotas could be reviewed.

Though BJP supports caste-based reservations publicly, there is a section within the party that doesn't like quotas for Dalits, Tribals and OBCs. BJP's support base is the Savarnas or Upper caste but in order to broaden its base, it has been taking up a pro-reservation line.

The Union minister of state for external affairs was in UP during the Parivartan Yatra. On demonetization, he said that Prime Minister had sought 50 days time from the people and one should wait for the period to be over.

TIH Bureau

December 21, 2016

RSS workers sentenced to double life imprisonment for murder, court holds them guilty in Kerala

As many as 11 Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) activists have been sentenced to double life imprisonment for the murder of a youth in Kerala.

The additional sessions judge at the Thiruvananthapuram court held them guilty in the case of murder of Vishnu, who was killed by RSS workers as they suspected his role in attacks on Sangh workers in the past.

Vishnu was a DYFI activist. Those sentenced include Santosh, M Manoj, Biju Kumar, Renjith Kumar, Balu Mahendra, Vibin, Satish Kumar, Bose, Satith (another), Vinod Kumar and Subhash.

One, Shiv Lal, was sentenced for life term and another person for three years. One of the suspects is still absconding. There were 14 accused in this case of murder.

TIH Bureau

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