Bhubaneswar, Jan 1: Opposition BJP on Saturday said it would launch a statewide signature campaign and stage demonstrations demanding reservation for OBC category in the upcoming panchayat elections.
The party has decided to launch a signature campaign and stage demonstrations before the collectorates and block offices in all the districts.
The signatures collected till January 8 from the people supporting the OBC quota will be submitted to the Governor.
BJP OBC Morcha president Surath Biswal said the state government is deliberately neglecting the people from the Other Backward Classes (OBC) category for its vested interests.
“OBCs, who constitute 54 per cent of the state’s population, are being denied their constitutional rights,” said Biswal.
On the other hand, the ruling BJD attacked the opposition saying that it is creating politics over the issue.
It said that the state government could not make provision of reservation for OBCs due to certain legal obstacles.
However, the party has announced to give 40 per cent seats to OBC candidates in rural and urban polls.