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Reservation for Muslims: APCC to seek Sonia`s intervention

Last Updated: Saturday, March 20, 2010 - 20:08

Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh Congress Saturday
said it is committed to reservation to Muslims in the state
and would seek party supremo Sonia Gandhi`s intervention in
the matter.

The party which convened a meeting here today to discuss
the issue decided to even seek amendment to the Constitution
if required.

"We will request Sonia Gandhi with folded hands to make
way to implement reservations for Muslims in the state," APCC
Chief D Srinivas said adding: "We will go for an amendment to
the Constitution through Parliament if necessary".

The Andhra Pradesh high Court on February 8 quashed the
State Government Act 26 of 2007 that provided 4 per cent
reservation to 15 groups of Muslims in education and in
Government jobs in the State. The Court opined that the Act
had the potential to encourage religious conversions.

The Government moved the Supreme Court challenging the
High Court verdict where the case will come up for hearing on
March 22. Chief Minister K Rosaiah personally convinced senior
Supreme Court counsel Parasharan to take up the case.

The government in its affidavit said, "Like backward
Hindus, socially and economically backward Muslims should also
get reservation. This reservation is not religion specific.

Chief Minister K Rosaiah said Congress is committed to
the welfare of the Muslims who according to him have always
been with the party.


First Published: Saturday, March 20, 2010 - 20:08

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