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Muslims to form JAC to press for quota

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Md. Jani, Deputy Chairman, AP Legislative Council, addressing a meeting of minorities in Visakhapatnam on Tuesday. Retired police officer F.R. Khan, Praja Rajyam leader S.A. Rehman, Congress leader Zaheer Ahmed and others are seen.

VISAKHAPATNAM: Muslim leaders in the city, at a meeting held at AQJ Centre for Post-Graduate Studies on Tuesday resolved to set up a Joint Action Committee (JAC) to spearhead an agitation for constitutional amendment to make reservations for poor Muslims in jobs and educational institutions.

The meeting addressed by Deputy Chairman of AP Legislative Council Md. Jani decided to fight for a constitutional amendment in view of rulings by courts. Muslim representatives described as ‘unfortunate’ the order of the AP High Court striking down reservations for Muslims and wondered how reservations were continuing in West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and other States on religion basis.

“A bill in Parliament will make implementation of quota for Muslims foolproof,” Mr. Jani said.

The meeting, among others, was attended by Praja Rajyam leader and former MLA S.A. Rehman, Congress leader Zaheer Ahmed, chairman of AQJ Group of Institutions V.A. Siddiqui, treasurer of Al-Ameer College H.A. Jafri, retired police officer and All Mosques’ Committee chairman F.R. Khan, secretary and correspondent of Al-Ameer College of Engineering & IT I.H. Farooqui and others.

Mr. Jani said in West Bengal, as per the recommendation of Justice Ranganath Mishra, the Left Front Government had decided to give 10 per cent reservation in addition to existing seven per cent to Muslims. Mr. Jani said the adverse judgement might have come due to lack of argument on behalf of the State Government and asked Chief Minister K. Rosaiah to expedite filing a review petition immediately.

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