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Bill to hike Muslim quota introduced in Telangana assembly

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Hyderabad, April 16: Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao on Sunday moved a bill in the State legislative assembly to hike reservation quota for backward Muslims and the Scheduled Tribes (ST) to 12 and 10 per cent respectively.

As soon as the day-long special session began, the Chief Minister moved the Backward Class, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Reservation Bill, 2017, to increase the quota for socially and economically backward among Muslims under the Backward Classes (E) category from the existing four per cent to 12 percent.

The reservations for STs in education and jobs has been increased from 6 per cent to 10 per cent.

The bill will be passed by both houses of the legislature after a debate and it will be sent to the Centre for President’s assent and with a request to include it in the 9th Schedule of the Constitution as it was done in the case of Tamil Nadu.

The Chief Minister clarified that the reservations were being provided purely on the basis of socio-economic backwardness and not on the basis of religion or caste as some parties were trying to mislead people.

Terming it as a historic day, Rao said Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) had during the elections promised that quota for the BC (E) and the STs will be increased in proportion to their population in the state.

He pointed out that STs are currently enjoying 6 percent quota though their population as per 2011 Census is 9.8 percent.

He assured Backward Classes that there will be no injustice to them because of increase in quota for the BC (E) and announced that the quota for the BCs will be increased. The state government has directed the BC Commission to submit a report within six months.

Rao also said that the reservation for the SCs, who constitute 16.3 per cent of the state’s population, will be increased by one per cent. He said the government would soon constitute an SC Commission.

The SCs are currently enjoying 15 per cent reservations while the BCs have a total quota of 25 per cent.

The legislation will increase the total reservations in the state to 62 per cent.

The Chief Minister argued that there is no constitutional bar on providing more than 50 per cent reservation.

Rao said with 90 per cent of Telangana’s population comprising the BCs, SCs, STs and minorities, the state definitely needed more than 50 per cent reservation, and pointed out that states like Tamil Nadu and Jharkhand were already providing more than 50 per cent quota.

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Saffron should not spread all over tricolour: Kamal Haasan

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Chennai, Feb 22: Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan has said that saffron has its place in the national flag but it should not spread all over it, in a remark interpreted as an attack on the BJP and Hindutva forces.

“Even the Indian national flag has saffron. But it (the colour) should not spread all over the flag is what I am saying,” said Kamal, President of newly-formed political party Makkal Needhi Maiam.

In his latest column in a Tamil weekly magazine Ananda Vikatan, Kamal said he has not insulted the saffron band on the tricolour — which signifies courage and sacrifice.

Citing national leaders who fought for freedom, he said they had differed with each other but stood united to fight for the same goal, adding that this lesson should not be lost.

He said for the success of Indian democracy, one cannot forget the contributions of B.R. Ambedkar and Alladi Krishnaswamy Iyer in drafting our Constitution.

On the core political philosophy, Kamal said he does not want to be tied down to the narrow confines of any single ‘ism’.

“All ‘isms’ are for social reform. And it cannot be said all have succeeded. It cannot be agreed that a book written in some corner of the world will suit the whole world,” Kamal said.

According to him, one cannot equate Socrates’ Democracy with that of (US President Donald) Trump’s democracy as both are “different creatures”.

Kamal also said he met fellow actor Rajinikanth secretly near here — at the latter’s “Kaala” movie shoot — and told him about his plans to float the party.

Kamal said both agreed to maintain dignity in their political career and not indulge in the usual acrimonial politics.

On meeting DMK President M. Karunanidhi, Kamal said the veteran leader is his Tamil Guru and “he wished me good in my political journey with a smile”.

Kamal who also met DMDK leader A. Vijayakant, another Tamil movie hero turned politician, said he has not changed and continues to be the same old ‘Viji’.

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Chief Secretary row: AAP’s Amanatullah Khan, Prakash Jarwal sent to judicial custody for 14 days

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New Delhi, Feb 22: AAP MLA’s Amanatullah Khan and Prakash Jarwal have been sent to judicial custody for 14 days in connection with an alleged assault on Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash.

On Wednesday, they were sent to judicial custody for a day after they were produced before Delhi’s Tis Hazari court.

Delhi police held AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan in Delhi Chief Secretary alleged assault case after he surrendered dramatically in Jamia Nagar Police station. While surrendering the MLA said, I have not done anything wrong.’

Whereas the police arrested the another MLA Prakash Jarwal on Tuesday evening on the accusations that he along with Aam Aadmi Party MLA Amanatullah Khan and his colleague in front of Kejriwal at the Chief Minister’s residence assaulted Chief Secretary of Delhi Anshu Prakash on Monday midnight, where he was called for a meeting.

The police today also questioned V.K. Jain, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s advisor in connection with an alleged assault on Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash by two AAP MLAs.

Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police, Harendra Kumar Singh told IANS that Jain was being questioned at the Civil Lines Police Station.

The Chief Minister’s advisor was present at the time of the incident, according to Prakash’s police complaint.

The Additional DCP said police were also trying to track down Khan. They had been to Khan’s residence to detain him on Tuesday night, but the AAP MLA from Okhla was not present.

The allegation of the assault triggered a political storm in the national capital a day ago with the BJP demanding Kejriwal’s resignation and the Congress asking for the AAP chief’s apology.

The AAP hit back by stating that the Chief Secretary was making false allegations and said he was working at the “behest of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)”.

The Home Ministry sought a report from Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal on the issue and Home Minister Rajnath Singh said he was “deeply pained” by the development.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday afternoon, Delhi Environment Minister Imran Hussain was manhandled by a crowd which gathered outside the door of a lift inside the Delhi Secretariat. Hussain’s Assistant Personal Secretary was beaten up, according to multiple video clips from the Secretariat.

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Owaisi hits out at Army chief, says Not your work to comment on political parties

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New Delhi, Feb 22: AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Thursday hit out at General Bipin Rawat for talking about the rise of Maulana Badruddin Ajmal-led AIUDF (All India United Democratic Front) in Assam, saying that the Army chief should not interfere in political matters as it was not his work to comment on the rise of a political party.

Taking to Twitter, Owaisi stated the army chief should not interfere in political matters it is not his work to comment on the rise of a political party, democracy, and constitution also doesn’t allow it.

He further said, the army will always work under an elected civilian leadership.

While addressing a seminar on North-East organised at DRDO Bhawan on February 21, Army Chief had said AIUDF (All India United Democratic Front) have grown in a faster time-frame than the BJP grew over the years. When we talk of Jan Sangh with two MPs & where they have reached, AIUDF is moving at a faster pace in the state of Assam.

Hours after a controversy broke out, the Army came up with a justification saying “there is nothing political or religious in the talk. Army Chief just mentioned amalgamation and development in the seminar.

The AIUDF was formed in 2005 with an aim to champion the cause of Muslim community. At present, it has three parliamentarians in Lok Sabha and 13 legislators in the state assembly.

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