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Quota: Doctors may intensify strike

By Onkar Singh in New Delhi
May 19, 2006 17:05 IST
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A group of ministers appointed by Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh would submit their report to him on Saturday. The group headed by defence minister Pranab Mukherjee had met the striking doctors in Delhi and held talks with them about the possible solutions on the reservation issue.

"The doctors had rejected the government proposal to increase the number of seats to find a way out but this was turned down by the doctors who think larger issues are involved in the current agitation," said one of the striking doctors who had been one of the seven doctors who had met Mukherjee on Thursday evening and later Oscar Fernandes.

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About 150 striking doctors have volunteered to visit individual household in the capital to explain their stand and why they are on strike. " We would reach out to as many people as possible," Dr Anil Sharma told

On Saturday the doctors plan to intensify their agitation further and take out a rally from Maulana Azad Medical Sciences. "We held a havan ceremony at the backyard of All India Institute of Medical Sciences where the doctors are sitting on a hunger strike. We would burn a holy of the termination letters if they are served on us by the government," said another doctor.

The sagging morale of the doctors got a boost when fifty children from a well known public school joined them shouting slogans against human resources development minister Arjun Singh who had placed the bill in the parliament. "Reservation ke Dalalon ko, Goli Maro Salon Ko," the students shouted.

"We are going to get more support by the evening from various schools and colleges. The students have been signing big charts and making their remarks against the reservation," Dr Anil said.

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Onkar Singh in New Delhi