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Parties want Muslim quota to be restored

However, BJP strikes a discordant note and welcomes the High Court verdict

— Photo: P.V. Sivakumar

Demanding their share: MIM cadres led by legislator Akbaruddin Owaisi protesting against the High Court judgement at the Secretariat in Hyderabad on Monday.

HYDERABAD: All the political parties, except the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), have expressed concern over the High Court’s judgment striking down four per cent reservation for Muslims and demanded that the government take necessary measures to see that the quota was restored.

AP Congress Committee president D. Srinivas said the party was committed to implementation of reservations and the government would appeal against the judgment after rectifying the shortcomings, if any, in presenting its case in the court. He dismissed the claims that the quota was introduced with an eye on elections.

TD blames government

The Telugu Desam Party held the government responsible for the High Court judgment alleging that the ruling party had promised the quota only as a poll ploy, while the policy (ordinance) was full of deficiencies. This was evident from the fact that the court had not found fault with reservation as such, but gave judgment against the way the policy was framed, TDP leaders R. Chandrasekhar Reddy and K. Harishwar Reddy said.

Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) MLA T. Harish Rao said former Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy had misled the community by announcing reservations before elections, knowing fully well that it would not stand legal scrutiny.

CPI State secretary K. Narayana wanted the government to take steps to amend the Constitution, if necessary, for providing reservations to Muslims. Terming the judgment as unfortunate, CPI (M) State secretary B.V. Raghavulu asked the government to approach the Supreme Court against the judgment. BJP State president Bandaru Dattatreya hailed the High Court’s verdict claiming that it vindicated his party’s stand and demanded the government to reconstitute the commission for Backward Classes. The court described the survey conducted by the BC Commission as a farce as it lacked scientific basis. Demanding that the State approach the Supreme Court against the verdict, the Praja Rajyam Party said the Congress-led UPA Government should prove its commitment to minorities by ensuring that the reservation was implemented. Lok Satta leader Katari Srinivasa Rao alleged that the government had brought in reservations for Muslims without proper homework in its eagerness to gain political mileage. A scientific study should have preceded such reservations.

Jagan’s support

Reiterating the Congress’ commitment to reservations for Muslims, Kadapa MP Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy said he would bring the issue to the notice of Congress president Sonia Gandhi and ensure that steps were taken to protect the interests of the community.

People’s Union of Civil Liberties president K.G. Kannabiran stressed the need for rethinking on social issues like this so that the judiciary was in tune with the Constitution and its stated values.

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