Reservation for Muslims: APCC to seek Sonia`s intervention
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Last Updated: Saturday, March 20, 2010, 20:25
Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) on Saturday said it is committed for reservation to Muslims in the State and would seek party supreme 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 were always with the party.


First Published: Saturday, March 20, 2010, 20:25

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