Quota demand is non-negotiable, says TRS in LS

Owaisi extended his support stating that States should be allowed to determine the proportion of reservations for various sections of society.

By Author  |  Published: 7th Mar 2018  8:39 pm
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TRS leader AP Jithender Reddy

Hyderabad: The Telangana Rashtra Samiti on Wednesday informed Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan that its demand on reservations was non-negotiable. “At a meeting of all parties called by the Speaker to discuss smooth conduct of the House, we informed her that unless our demand is met by the Central government, our protests inside the Parliament will continue,” TRS floor leader in the Lok Sabha AP Jithender Reddy said.

On Wednesday, the TRS MPs continued their protests inside Parliament for the third straight day demanding that States be given the right to determine the proportion of reservations. This has been a key demand of the Telangana State government for some time. The State legislature had also passed a resolution which has been pending with the Central government which has so far not responded to it.

The protests by TRS MPs as well as MPs from other States on different issues forced the adjournment of the House immediately after it met in the morning. When it reassembled after an hour, the Speaker was forced to adjourn the Lok Sabha for the day about half-an-hour after it met again.

“We informed the Speaker that Telangana State had requested several times that the Central government approve its request on reservations. Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao had made several trips to Delhi and also met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue. We informed her that under the circumstances, the TRS will not stop protesting in Parliament,” Jithender Reddy said.

The TRS MPs who walked out and protested on the steps of Parliament house, holding placards in support of their demand on reservations, were joined for a while by AIMIM president and Lok Sabha member from Hyderabad, Asaduddin Owaisi. Owaisi extended his support stating that States should be allowed to determine the proportion of reservations for various sections of society.