Madhya Pradesh Congress-backed bandh receives lukewarm response – The New Indian Express

By PTI

BHOPAL: Congress-backed Pichhada Vargh Mahasabha bandh in Madhya Pradesh on Saturday, seeking 27 reservations for Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in upcoming local body polls, did not elicit much response and fell peacefully, an official said.

No untoward incidents were reported in any part of the state during the bandh, Deputy Inspector Rahul Katara of the MP Police Situation Room told PTI in the evening.

Mahasabha State Labor Chairman Rakesh Singh Lodhi said the organization working for the upliftment of OBCs will hold a meeting within a day to decide on the future course of action.

The bandh has received a good response in rural areas, in Gwalior and Chambal regions.

The organization asked people to support the bandh and did not use force, he said.

A Congress leader claimed that the Mahasabha had influence in the Gwalior and Bhind region, where the bandh elicited a good response.

Markets, petrol pumps and public transport were unaffected by the bandh in Bhopal, Indore, Gwalior and Jabalpur.

In Gwalior, a handful of supporters were seen asking people to close their shops in the markets and traders closed their establishments for a while.

Some markets in the five districts – Bhind and Morena in Chambal, Seoni, Mandla and Anuppur division – remained closed for most of the day, according to reports reaching the state capital.

Earlier this week, the Supreme Court allowed the reservation of OBCs in local body elections in Madhya Pradesh with an endorsement that it should not exceed 50%.

“The supreme court order is not in our favor. We will only get 14% reservation. But the quota should be provided based on the OBC population in the state – which is 48%,” Lodhi said, demanding 27% one-penny reserve.

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