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Muslim groups plan meetings across Mumbai to demand quota

Over the next month, several Muslim organisations would hold consultations and public meetings in Mumbai, asking the state government to provide reservation to Muslims in education.

Written by Zeeshan Shaikh | Mumbai |
September 28, 2016 1:20:41 am

The growing mobilisation of the Maratha community and its clamour for reservation has prompted Muslim groups in Maharashtra to raise a similar demand.

Over the next month, several Muslim organisations would hold consultations and public meetings in Mumbai, asking the state government to provide reservation to Muslims in education.

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While the Bombay High Court had struck down the quota for Marathas granted by the last government, it had upheld the order of five per cent reservation to Muslims in education.

After the BJP-led government came to power, it scrapped the benefit in March 2015, claiming that the ordinance had been passed in December 2014, bot not converted into an Act. The BJP had earlier claimed that it was against reservation on grounds of religion.

On Monday, four Muslim MLAs — Samajwadi Party MLA Abu Asim Azmi, AIMIM MLA Waris Pathan and Congress MLAs Arif Naseem Khan and Amin Patel — said they would form a committee to lobby for Muslim reservation. Early next week, Congress Rajya Sabha MP Hussain Dalwai has organised a gathering of Muslim activists at Haj House to discuss how the community should take forward its demand for reservation.

The All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen, which will also hold consultations, has decided to organise a rally to the state legislature in Nagpur during the winter session to push for the demand.

“It is a demand that has been acknowledged even by the courts. We will undertake a march to the state legislature during the winter session to shake the government out of its slumber on this issue,” AIMIM MLA Imtiyaz Jaleel said.

All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat, one of India’s oldest Muslim social organisations, has also decided to hold a daylong public discussion on the way ahead for Muslim reservation on October 14 in Mumbai.

“No political leader is ready to talk about this issue even though the courts had stated that Muslims deserved reservation. The Congress and NCP have kept mum on this issues so far,” Aamir Idressy, convener of the Association of Muslim Professionals said.

The Congress-NCP government had decided to give 5 per cent reservation to 50 communities within Muslims by including them under the newly formed category called the Special Backward Category-A.

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