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BJP slams Cong, Left on reservation to Muslims
New Delhi/Hydrabad/ KOLKATA, Feb 8 (PTI/IANS):
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Published on 8 Feb. 2010 11:46 PM IST
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Welcoming Andhra Pradesh High Court order quashing five percent reservation for Muslims in jobs, BJP on Monday said Congress had tried to fool the minority community for vote-bank politics. The main opposition party also condemned the West Bengal government for toeing the Congress line on the issue. “BJP welcomes the High Court decision. The act of the Andhra Pradesh government was against the Constitution and politically motivated. The Congress government in the state has breached the sanctity of the Constitution,” party spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said. He asserted that Congress had tried to fool the Muslims by giving them reservation on religious lines. “We hope Muslims will also understand how Congress tries to fool them.” Arguing that his party stood for reservation on the basis of social and economic backwardness, the Rajya Sabha MP maintained that the erstwhile BJP government in Rajasthan had used economic backwardness as a criteria to give reservation to the people. Javadekar said now even the West Bengal government was toeing the Congress line by giving reservations to Muslims. Insisting that such policies of the Communists were responsible for their current dismal state, he said, “They are also toeing the Congress line on reservation for Muslims. We condemn both parties.” The West Bengal government today announced 10 percent quota in jobs for socially, educationally and economically backward Muslims under OBC category. The state government declared the quota for the Muslims who were educationally, socially and economically backward in the state. “We have decided to accept the recommendations of the Ranganath Mishra Commission and will take steps to implement it,” chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee told newsmen at the state secretariat without waiting for the Centre’s decision on the report. He said like other states there was reservation for SCs, STs and OBCs in the state. The government, he said, had begun the process of identifying Muslims who were educationally, socially and economically backward. There was 7 per cent reservation for OBCs in the state. “After identification, we will provide reservation to them under the OBC category,” the chief minister said. Earlier in the day, a Constitution bench of the Andhra Pradesh High Court struck down a state law providing 4 per cent reservation in educational institutions and jobs to 15 groups belonging to the Muslim community. Soon after the court’s order, Andhra chief minister K Rosaiah directed the state advocate general D S R Murthy to file a special leave petition in the Supreme Court challenging the verdict. The Andhra Pradesh High Court Monday quashed a legislation providing four percent reservation to Muslims in education and jobs, terming it unconstitutional. Delivering the much-awaited judgement, the seven-member constitutional bench headed by Chief Justice A.R. Dave ruled that reservation cannot be provided on the basis of religion. It was a majority judgement by the seven-judge bench. Five judges, including Dave, opposed the reservations. Two judges differed with their opinion. The court verdict has come as a big blow to the Congress government, which had brought the legislation in 2007 providing four percent reservation to certain backward groups among Muslims.

 
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