maharashtra-news

Backward class Muslims seek reservations

Mumbai, Nov. Nov 27 : Thousands of backward class Muslims staged a dharna in the Maharashtra capital Wednesday, seeking reservations as available to other backward classes in the country for jobs, housing and in education.


Organised by various Muslim groups, the protest drew support from various political parties including the Awami Vikas Party (AVP), the Samajwadi Party and the Nationalist Congress Party.

Several speakers pointed out that Muslims comprise 14 percent of India's population but their representation in various elected and statutory bodies was insignificant.

AVP chief Shamsher Khan Pathan said in 2009 only 28 Muslims were elected to parliament; barely five percent of parliament's strength comprised Muslims, he added.

"We are not asking reservations for all Muslims but the government must at least give reservation in all spheres, education, jobs and housing, for the backward class Muslims on the lines given to other backward classes in the country," Pathan said.

The sit-in demonstration was held after the recent report of a seven-member commission headed by retired IAS officer Mehmood ur-Rehman recommended reservations for the community.

Former MP Aijaz Ali demanded a quota system to rectify the low representation of Muslims in various elected bodies in the country like state legislatures and parliament.

Ali said that barring a provision for Anglo-Indian representation, there is no constitutional provision for quotas for minorities or backward castes in the legislatures or parliament.

Demanding suitable legislative amendments, the speakers said that if the Muslim backward classes were not given reservation by Aug 10 next year they would intensify their agitation.

State teachers' leader and legislator Kapil Patil, Nationalist Congress Party state working president Jitendra Awhad and other leaders also addressed the gathering which had a significant presence of Muslim women.

--IANS (Posted on 27-11-2013)

maharashtra-news headlines

Remove 'mother-son' regime, urges Modi

FIR against Ajit Pawar for threatening villagers

Sonia cancels Mumbai rally citing ill health

MNS: An enigma in Maharashtra politics (Election Special)

Sonia cancels Maharashtra rallies, citing ill health

After eight months, Dabholkar killers elude police net

Six mn voters' names deleted in Maharashtra!

Probe BJP's cyber propaganda, Congress tells police

My goal is to see Modi as PM: Raj Thackeray

India's first double-decker flyover opens in Mumbai

Parties gear up for Maharasthra's last phase polls

Maharashtra records 61.80 percent voting

Quick Links: Goa | Munnar | Pondicherry | Free Yearly Horoscope '2014

Comments

Your e-mail:


Your Full Name:


Type verification image:
verification image, type it in the box

Message:

Back to Top