Telangana assembly passes bill to increase Muslim quota despite BJP protest

The passage of the bill followed the suspension of five BJP members who vehemently opposed the bill both inside and outside of the assembly.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: April 16, 2017 9:54 pm
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The Telangana assembly on Sunday unanimously passed a bill to increase the reservation quota for socially and economically backward among Muslims and the Scheduled Tribes to 12 and 10 per cent respectively. The passage of the bill followed the suspension of five BJP members who vehemently opposed the bill both inside and outside of the assembly.

However, the Backward Class, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Reservation Bill, 2017 received the support of the entire Opposition. The bill will now be debated and passed by the state legislative council later in the evening.

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Earlier in the day, Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao moved the bill to hike the quota for the socially and economically backward among the Muslims under the Backward Classes (E) category from the existing four per cent to 12 per cent. In addition, the reservation for the Scheduled Tribes in educational institutions and government jobs has been increased from the existing six per cent to 10 per cent.

The bill will be sent for the President’s assent once the state legislative council clears the bill. Reflecting on the bill, Rao said the state would approach the Supreme Court if the Centre refuses to accept Telengana’s request. “Tamil Nadu is implementing 69 per cent reservations for over two decades. Five to six states are providing more than 50 per cent reservation. How can you deny this to Telangana?,” he was quoted as saying by IANS.

With inputs from IANS

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    Bharat
    Apr 17, 2017 at 1:31 pm
    kcr will be out of rule next election, India should progress removing reservations but politicians like KCR is opposite to this.The next movement will start about general category reservations and thats for sure.Not all the general category people are rich n OBC ST and SC's are poor.Reservations should be based on economic conditions not on caste and religion based.Everyone is asking for reservations ........ r u not capable of getting on your own.everyone wants India to develop but wants reservations,subsidies,etc etc bull hippocrisy.
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      vnksk
      Apr 17, 2017 at 5:37 am
      Lack of Hindu unity is responsible for the perverted approach of anti Hindu communal parties Cong, CPM,SP, Tmc, Bsp, AAP etc. Hindus must unite against these forces for the sake of survival .
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        Antony
        Apr 17, 2017 at 5:32 am
        These politicians are creating much bigger problem for the country by appeasing the minorities at the expense of majority community.now .Why can't these s treat everyone equal? There are millions of poor Hindus also required help! Now right wing Sanghis will highlight this issue and consolidate their hold on Hindu vote!
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          ak dev
          Apr 17, 2017 at 3:19 am
          Muslims appea t could not save Congress, SP and Mayavati. Chandrasekhar Rao will also face the same fate. Countdown has began for the downfall of Chandrasekhar Rao.
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            An Observer
            Apr 17, 2017 at 2:51 am
            Indian Media, including Indian Express, must run a campaign for the equal rights of the citizens, above all religious fundamentalism and restrictions. Democracy must prevail and the citizens of India must be given equal opportunities and rights. The media cannot run away from its duties as the fourth pillar of the democracy. Indian Media, especially related to ndtv n co, must stop being bias. What we need is the quality, progressive and honest journalism. Objectivity must be the approach.
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