Reservation in Higher Education Institutes: Congress accuses RSS of conspiracy, seeks dismissal of UGC chairman

Reservation in Higher Education Institutes: Dr Udit Raj referred to RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat's past statement revealing an anti-reservation stance and linked it to the recent UGC controversy.

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Reservation in Higher Education Institutes: The Congress party has raised concerns over a perceived conspiracy by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) against reservations and is demanding the removal of University Grants Commission (UGC) Chairman Jagadesh Kumar. The issue revolves around the UGC's proposal to de-reserve certain reserved posts, which the Congress claims to have thwarted through strong protests.

Alleged RSS Agenda

Chairman of the Unorganised Workers and Employees Congress, Dr Udit Raj, and Congress SC Department Chairman, Rajesh Lilothia, held a press conference where they expressed apprehensions of an RSS-driven agenda against reservations. Udit Raj referred to RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat's past statement revealing an anti-reservation stance and linked it to the recent UGC controversy.

Withdrawal of Guidelines

The Congress claims credit for the UGC withdrawing its guidelines after their protest. Udit Raj argued against the notion that eligible candidates were unavailable, stressing that it has long been a practice to reject candidates on discriminatory grounds. He cited examples, including Prof Chaman Lal, eligible for professorship since 2018 but not appointed.

Political Angle and OBC Representation

Udit Raj highlighted Rahul Gandhi's concern about the underrepresentation of the OBC community in key government positions. He accused the Modi government of diluting the representation of SC, ST, and OBC in governance, contrasting it with the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra's objective of ensuring social and economic justice.

Demand for UGC Chairman's Dismissal

Rajesh Lilothia demanded the immediate dismissal of UGC Chairman Jagadesh Kumar, alleging that the BJP and RSS aimed to curtail the educational rights of SC, ST, OBC, and women as granted by the Constitution. He called for an apology from Jagadesh Kumar to the entire 'Bahujan' community.

Communalization Allegations

Lilothia further alleged that since Jagadesh Kumar assumed the role of Vice Chancellor at Jawaharlal Nehru University before becoming UGC Chairman, the academic atmosphere of the university had been communalized. The Congress's stance is a strong condemnation of what they perceive as a threat to the established reservation system in India.