State BJP lashes out at KCR on 12 Per cent quota for Muslims
- Says it is ‘uncouth minority vote-bank politics’
Hyderabad: Telangana State BJP official spokesperson Krishna Saagar Rao has lashed out at Chief Minister Chandrasekhar Rao for reiterating that his government would provide for 12% reservation to Muslims and described his promise as a blatant lie, unconstitutional and uncouth minority vote-bank politics.
In a statement here on Thursday, Krishna Saagar Rao stated, “BJP strongly disapproves this open and shameless pandering for Muslim votes by Chief Minister KCR. Knowing very well that the reservations limit set by the Supreme Court cannot be violated and the apex court had given very clear orders against religion-based reservations, KCR was still making this kind of deviant statements”.
“His designs only expose his pro-Muslim, anti-Hindu, anti-BC/SC/ST mindset. As any increased reservation has to be drawn from the quota assigned to BC, SC and STs, the BJP considers this as an unforgivable misadventure negatively affecting the economically backward classes in pursuit of public pandering for Muslim votes. BJP believes 100% that CM KCR cannot deliver on this illegal, unconstitutional and uncouth false promise of 12% reservation to Muslims”, he added.
CM assures TN-like quota for Muslims
BJP spokesperson’s strong reaction was in response to KCR’s statement in the Legislative Assembly on Wednesday. Speaking at length during a short discussion on Muslims’ welfare and reservations, KCR stated that reservations to Muslims will be provided on the lines of Tamil Nadu. He accused the previous governments of neglecting the Muslims. However, the TRS Government was committed to providing 12 per cent reservations and take all measures for their welfare. The Chief Minister vowed to empower the Muslims in the State with all steps by giving 200 residential schools, including 70 already started.
The Chief Minister said Justice Rajendra Kumar Sachar Committee, which was formed at his behest came up with a report that the Muslims whose population is huge in the country are leading miserable lives. The State government has received a report from Sudhir Committee on the Muslim Minorities Welfare and Reservations, he said. He suggested to the members to shun doubts on the commitment of the State government to offer 12 per cent reservations to the Muslims.
Stating that Wakf Board would get judicial powers soon, KCR announced funds to Falaknuma Degree and Junior Colleges and a related GO would be issued by Thursday evening. A convention center for Muslims would be set up in Hyderabad in collaboration with Islamic Center, he said, adding that a special DSC in Urdu for Urdu medium candidates would be conducted. Subsidies for Muslim farmers would be given as in the case of SCs and STs. KCR also said steps would be taken to protect Urdu language, literature and would set up a permanent building for Urdu Academy. He also said honorarium to Imams and Mauzams would be hiked to Rs 1,500 a month from Rs 1000. –NSS