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Anti-reservation stir gains momentum, peaceful protests planned, BJP leaders on back foot in MP

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HARDA/BHOPAL: The anti-reservation stir has gathered momentum in Madhya Pradesh and leaders of the ruling party are feeling the heat of the agitation now.

After protests and rallies all over the state, SAPAKS has decided to continue its peaceful demonstrations and has decided to hold a peaceful symbolic protest during CM's visit.

SAPAKS, the group that has led the employees under the non-reserved category, has held a meeting in Harda to chalk out strategy in this regard. In the meeting at Rathi Niwas, it was decided that the members would work to ensure the forthcoming 'bandh' successful.

The bandh will be on September 6. Speaking on the occasion, its leader Manish Sharma while addressing the gathering said that SAPAKS was a social movement of different sections of the society who had joined hands against the amendement in Prevention of Atrocities on SC-ST law. 

Sarva Brahman Samaj leader Chandrakant Shukla said that 22% people have been given hunter to be used against rest (78%). SAPAKS district convener RS Gahlot urged all communities to support the bandh, peacefully.

Meanwhile, the BJP leaders have realised the anger against the party after the huge protests and rallies taken out by SAPAKS in different corners of the state. They have decided to go slow on wooing Scheduled Castes and have decided to cancel a convention in Maihar in Eastern MP.

SAPAKS has already announced its intention to contest polls too. Lawyers put up their views about the act. Regarding CM arriving in Harda, it was decided that there would be symbolic protest, SAPAKS members won't attend his meeting, protest will be against his Jan Ashirwad Yatra too. 

Mukesh Pandey

An investigative journalist, he specially covers Western Madhya Pradesh. Mukesh has worked with several media houses in the past