Hyderabad: Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM)
today asked the Andhra Pradesh government to ensure that the
state law providing reservation to Muslims in jobs stays.
Reacting to the order of Andhra Pradesh High Court which
struck down a state law providing 4 per cent reservation in
educational institutions and jobs to 15 groups belonging to
the Muslim community, MIM President and MP Asaduddin Owaisi
said it was the responsibility of the government to ensure
that the quota stays.
Also, it was a commitment by late Y S Rajasekhar Reddy`s
commitment, Owaisi said.
Earlier, the MIM MLAs led by Akbaruddin Owaisi staged a
dharna along with party activists in support of reservations.
The party MLAs and supporters tried to gatecrash the
state secretariat. However, the attempt was foiled by police.
Some MLAs and activists were taken into preventive
custody by the police and later released.
Meanwhile, Congress MP Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy asked the
state government to initiate necessary steps to challenge the
High Court order.
The TRS and CPI also expressed concern over the judgement
and urged the Centre to table a bill in Parliament to
guarantee reservations to Muslims.