With the Maharashtra government announcing 5 per cent reservation to 50 backward castes of Muslims, the community is now mounting pressure on the Akhilesh Yadav government in Uttar Pradesh reminding him of his party’s poll promise of giving reservation to them.
The SP had in its manifesto for 2012 Assembly election promised to consider all Muslims as most backwards like Dalits and to provide them reservation in proportion to their population. In UP, nearly 30 castes of Muslims are already included in the 27 per cent quota for backwards.
“We are awaiting the notification of the announcement by the Maharashtra government. However, the new announcement (16 per cent quota for Marathas and 5 per cent for Muslims) will take the reservation quota to 73 per cent in that state. We will legally examine it before taking up the issue,” Zafaryab Jilani, state’s Additional Advocate General, said.
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Jilani is also an executive committee member of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) and is advocating Muslim reservation issue with the government.
The state government had initiated an exercise to grant Muslims reservation in 2012. Minority Welfare Minister Azam Khan had constituted a four-member committee, including secretary and director of minority welfare department, senior advocate Mushtaq Siddiqui and Azam’s OSD Afaq Ahmed, to study the subject and submit a report. “
“We studied the reservation model of Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh. We had concluded that the state government can proceed ahead in giving reservation to the Muslims,” Siddiqui said.