PM calls for commission for Muslims, but state BJP blocks quota bill


New Delhi, April 17: While Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday, at BJP National Executive meet in Odisha batted for upliftment of Muslims and said that ‘even Muslim communities have backwards, who are marginalised, and it was the duty of the BJP to take the fruits of development to them’, but BJP state government in Telengana protested the quota for the minority community.

The saffron leaders of the state rebuked the bill to hike quota for Muslims as a “trash paper.” On Tuesday the BJP said the bill has no legal and constitutional sanctity and would be “quashed” at the central government level.

“At the party level, we are going to utilise this as a great opportunity for BJP’s rise in Telangana. At the (central) government level, this will be quashed right at the beginning,” BJP spokesperson Krishna Saagar Rao said.

Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has increased existing quota in jobs and education for Muslims from 4 per cent to 12 per cent. But the state BJP has condemned the decision as a means of communal politics.

On Sunday Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi had said in Orissa, “In many regions, there are Muslims who are backwards. The party and governments should ensure that they benefit from the new look backward commission which has been given a constitutional status.”

Under the leadership of PM Modi, the version of state government in Telegana is in complete contrast whatsoever. Recently saffron party boldly used the Hinduism as a poll agenda and won the pricey Uttar Pradesh election with the same.

BJP’s Rao said, “Religion cannot be a basis for reservations, and legally it’s not viable as both the Supreme Court and high court have capped reservations at 50 per cent.” he said.

He added the state government has been irresponsible and the bill has undermined the rightful constitutional reservation for Backward Classes. He also said that the BJP would launch a “massive agitation” against Muslim reservation.

All opposition parties in the state backed the Telangana Backward Classes, Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes (Reservation of Seats in Educational Institutions and of Appointments or Posts in the Services under the State) Bill, 2017, except the BJP. Amid massive disruption from BJP legislators, the Speaker had to suspend all 5 BJP MLAs for Sunday’s special session. The saffron leaders carried placards and black scarves in the House.

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