‘Muslim quota move will be fought politically, legally’

‘Muslim quota move will be fought politically, legally’

HYDERABAD: The BJP on Tuesday said it would “po­litically and legally fight” against the TRS govern­ment’s proposal to increase reservation for backward sections among minority Muslims in Telangana.
“The BJP would fight against this religious reserva­tion, dividing people on reli­gious lines and for vote bank politics, politically on one hand and legally on the other,” the party’s leader in Legisla­tive Assembly G Kishan Red­dy said told reporters.
“The BJP would either join the ongoing matter in courts or stand by anyone who approaches courts against the move,” he said.
The matter of 4 per cent quota being enjoyed by Muslims in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh is pending in the Supreme Court and there is “no final word” on it, Reddy said. The BJP leader found fault with Chief Minis­ter K Chandrasekhar Rao’s comments that the reserva­tion is proposed for backward sections among minority Muslims. “Muslim religious leaders did not say there are BCs in Muslims. But, he (Rao) has found that,” Reddy said.
The move to provide reser­vation to Muslims is uncon­stitutional and “detrimental to society”, the BJP legislator maintained. Rao on Monday said a special session of the assembly would be convened soon to take up the issue of in­creasing reservation for trib­als and minority Muslims.
The Chief Minister had said his government is keen on increasing quota for trib­als and Muslims as promised by his party TRS in run up to the 2014 assembly elections.
The TRS had promised to strive for providing 12 per cent quota each for STs and Mus­lims in jobs and education.
Referring to the BJP’s op­position to the government’s efforts to enhance reserva­tion for Muslims, Rao said the quota is proposed on the basis of backwardness, and not religion.

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