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March 29, 1980, Forty Years Ago: Gujarat Talks Fail

Talks to end the 83-day strike in Gujarat ended in failure in Delhi with the state’s Chief Minister Madhavsinh Solanki asserting that “reservations are non-negotiable”.

By: Editorial |
Updated: March 29, 2021 7:06:37 am
“I am pained that this formula was rejected by the anti-reservationists, the Gujarat,” the chief minister said, adding that he has no malice against the students.

Talks to end the 83-day strike in Gujarat ended in failure in Delhi with the state’s Chief Minister Madhavsinh Solanki asserting that “reservations are non-negotiable”. The chief minister said that as a basis for compromise between the pro and anti-reservationist groups, a formula has been suggested that having accepted the principle of reservation, a committee will be constituted to examine the question of standards for the choice of subjects at the post-graduate level and the procedure to be adopted for giving due weight to the matter of merit in medical colleges. “I am pained that this formula was rejected by the anti-reservationists, the Gujarat,” the chief minister said, adding that he has no malice against the students.

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