Will fight with Centre for Muslim quota, says KCR

Hyderabad, March 16: Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao today said his government would not hesitate to fight with the Centre, if necessary, to provide reservations to Muslims and tribals.

He told legislative council that the government will soon table bills for increasing the quota for Muslims and scheduled tribes to 12 percent each.

The state will then urge Centre to include both the Acts in in the 9th Schedule of Constitution as done in the case of Tamil Nadu.

He said his government would see if an Act needs to be passed in the case of STs or a decision in state cabinet would serve the purpose.

The state government proposes inclusion of the quotas for Muslims and STs in the 9th Schedule in view of the present cap on reservations. “We will make an Act, start implementation and go there (Delhi). If they don’t do it, we will fight out with Centre. We will not go back,” said KCR.

The quota is proposed to be provided to Muslims on the basis of their socio-economic backwardness and as per the Backward Classes Commission’s report, and not on religious basis, he said.

Meanwhile, BJP’s Telangana unit president K. Lakshman said that the party will oppose reservations for Muslim community on the basis of religion. In a statement, he said that chief minister has no respect for constitution.

He pointed out that in the past courts struck down the quota for Muslims. He said that it is nothing but misleading the minority communities.

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