Not satisfied with the assurances given by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis the activists of â€˜save merit save nationâ€™, a drive launched to protest additional quota, have started making a strategy for the future course of action. However, the final decision on further intensifying the agitation would be taken after the apex court verdict on SEBC quota.
The activists claimed that the meeting with Chief Minister failed to yield a fruitful result as the CM was not in the mood to fulfill their demand. By giving quota to a particular community in medical colleges and other educational institutes, government is doing injustice with the students of open category.
The core committee of the Save Merit Save Nation campaign is mulling to teach BJP a lesson in the forthcoming state assembly elections. According to the members of this campaign they are working on two strategies- one is to boycott the ruling BJP in the State Assembly elections while the other is to contest elections on its own.
A member of this campaign is a senior leader of the Samajwadi party. He has proposed to contest elections from at least 60 seats in the state very much on the lines of Madhya Pradesh to challenge the BJP. He is of the view that by contesting the election the candidates of save merit save nation would be able to eat up a major share of BJPâ€™s vote and dent its prospects to retain power in Maharashtra.
In Madhya Pradesh people from open category contested elections against BJP candidates. They also got a significant amount of votes in some constituencies where the margin of defeat was very less.
According to a member of the protesting group the chief minister has given clear indications in the meeting held at Sahyadri guest house in Mumbai that SEBC quota would not be diluted or taken back. He gave us an offer to reimburse the fee, which was rejected by us.
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