Telangana Muslims demand political reservation, return of wakf properties

Hyderabad | Published:February 28, 2014 3:17 am

Muslims, who constitute about 18 per cent of the population of Telangana, have expressed concern that they will be marginalised in the new state and have demanded political reservation for their community, sufficient employment, a common minimum programme, return of wakf properties, and an assurance of safety and security.

Representatives of several Muslim bodies met Thursday and stressed the need for political empowerment in the new state. “Muslims will decide the fate of future politics of Telangana state through strategic voting… We want all parties to nominate Muslim candidates in constituencies where there is sizeable population of Muslims,’’ Telangana Muslims Joint Action Committee (TMJAC) president Mushtak Malik said while addressing a conference on the “Future of Muslims in Telangana”.

A draft “Charter of Demands” was prepared during the conference — attended by Muslim leaders from all 10 districts of Telangana. The major demands put forth were 12 per cent reservation for Muslims in jobs and education, at least three seats for Muslims in the state Cabinet, that the first official language status should go to Urdu and that encroached wsakf lands be restored.

Moulana Hamed Hussain Shattari, Sunni Ulema Board President, at the conference asked the community to refrain from indulging in emotional and communal politics and instead make a comprehensive plan for its political empowerment.

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    Mohammad Abbas
    Dec 19, 2014 at 10:17 am
    Dear Mr. Reddy,You have accepted that Muslims do have equal rights. Muslims and Hindus have different religious faith and culture. Hindus are practising Hindu code bill and Muslims practising Mulim personal law. Why the majority community always like to enforce their civil laws on minority community? Do south Indians and north Indians like to eat same food?
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    Ramachandra Reddy
    Mar 3, 2014 at 10:22 am
    This is the result of foolish law makers and urers . Release of genie from the box. What one sows another one reaps. Let that be. When Muslims demand equal rights, of course they do have, why not they demand enforcing UNIFORM CIVIL CODE?