UPPSC ‘withdraws’ results after protests against new quota policy

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SummaryThe Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC) on Friday reportedly decided to withdraw the results of the UPPCS (Mains) 2011 examinations in the wake of protests against its new reservation policy.

The Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC) on Friday reportedly decided to withdraw the results of the UPPCS (Mains) 2011 examinations in the wake of protests against its new reservation policy.

The job aspirants had gone on the offensive ever since the result was declared early in July, alleging that the general category candidates were being discriminated against due to the “faulty” reservation policy of the UPPSC.

It was learnt that the UPPSC issued an advertisement late in the evening announcing that the results have been withdrawn. However, no senior official, including commission chairman Anil Yadav, could be contacted despite repeated efforts.

UPPSC secretary Anil Kumar Yadav was removed on Thursday. The new incumbent, Ajay Kumar Singh, did not take charge as his transfer was cancelled.

The matter is before the Allahabad High Court, which has already reserved its judgment on a petition filed by the job aspirants against the allegedly discriminatory policy.

Earlier in the day, a delegation of job aspirants had met Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav in Lucknow and put before them their demands, which included withdrawal of the Mains result.

Ranjana Bajpai, Department Head of Ancient History of the Allahabad University and former chairperson of the State Women’s Commission, took the delegation to Mulayam today. Bajpai joined the SP about a month ago.

“There was a communication gap between the aspirants and the government. So, I facilitated the meeting. Our leadership was fully in support of the old reservation system. We have heard that orders in this regard have been passed. I am still on my way to Allahabad,” said Bajpai.

The protesting youths had initially gone on a rampage on July 15, damaging roadways buses and private vehicles in Civil Lines area. On July 22, amid heavy police deployment, there was violence in Salori area of the city when the anti-reservation group and the pro-reservation group virtually came face-to-face. More than 20 aspirants were arrested and they were booked under charges of attempt to murder, besides those of rioting.

The aspirants were opposing the decision taken by the UPPSC on May 27 to call the OBC candidates who had scored equal to or more marks than the lowest cut-off for the general category as ;general category candidates’ at the interview stage.

It was alleged by the protesters that this amounted to giving benefit of reservation twice to the OBC candidates, while the general

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