Ensure reservation to Muslims stay, MIM to Andhra govt
Last Updated: Monday, February 08, 2010, 22:24
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.


First Published: Monday, February 08, 2010, 22:24

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