Lucknow: More than 18 lakh employees of state government have gone on strike against the constitutional amendment Bill for granting reservation in promotion. Undeterred by the fact, the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) has said that it would not make any effort in convincing the protestors to end the strike.    

Samajwadi Party MP Naresh Agarwal said the state government, which is against the controversial reservation in promotion bill, was not making any effort to stop the protestors from going on strike.

Meanwhile, Shailendra Dubey, president of Sarvajan Hitay Sanrakshan Samiti, the association of employees from the general and OBC category announced that the Samiti had decided to go on strike. He said that emergency services have been exempted.

Earlier to this, in order to register their protest the organization took out a huge rally in state capital. They warned the Congress and the BJP of dire consequences if these parties get the Constitution (117th Amendment) Bill passed in the Parliament in haste.

Protesting employees of state government demanded immediate withdrawal of the bill. They threatened to intensify their protest if the bill is not withdrawn.

On the other hand, the Aarakshan Bachao Sangharsh Samiti, which is an organisation of reserved category employees and is pressing for early passage of the Bill, announced that its members will work for additional hours during the strike in order to extend their support.

JPN/Bureau

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