Telangana Legislatures Pass Muslim Reservations Bill

Telangana Assembly passed a Bill on Sunday, in its special session, increasing the percentage of reservations to tribals and Muslims to 10 and 12 respectively

Hyderabad: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao (KCR) has emerged as a protagonist of development of Muslims and a subtle critic of the BJP and its policies towards minorities.

In both Assembly and Legislative Council, which had passed the historic Bill intended to increase the quota of reservations for tribals and Muslims from 6 to 10 percent and 4 to 12 percent respectively, KCR spoke eloquently supporting increased reservations.

In the Assembly, Kishan Reddy, the BJP floor leader criticised the move as anti-Constitutional and anti-people. He said the CM has done injustice to the Adivasis by clubbing the reservations to tribals and Muslims in the same Bill which is sure to get stuck in the courts. The BJP members went into the well of the House and created a ruckus forcing Speaker Madhusudana Chary to suspend them. Later they sat in dharna in front of Gandhi statue. The two TDP members Revanth Reddy and Sandra Venkata Veeraiah stand suspended even for the special session, according to the Speaker.

Chief Minister KCR has said he had addressed 107 election meetings in 2014 and spoke about the promise to increase the quota of reservations for tribals and Muslims. He said TRS had fought the elections alone without any alliance and formed the Government after winning the elections. KCR said he is only implementing the election promise which has to be appreciate.

In the Council while reacting to the remarks made by BJP Member Ramachander Rao, KCR has read out a news item which said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his address at Bhuvaneswar, exhorted his party men to strive to help the backward people among the Muslim community. This has come as a jolt to the local leader who organise march to the Assembly with a view to taking advantage of the issue. The BJP members had staged a walkout.
Both the Houses have also passed Telangana Cultural Heritage Protection and Conservation Bill and the GST Bill.

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