Wednesday, April 28, 2010

"No reservations, no votes" - Muslims threaten Indian Government

March 14, 2010 | Mohammed Siddique in Hyderabad

"No reservations, no votes". This was the stern warning to the Congress party by a massive rally of Muslims, organized by Muslim Muttaehda Majlis-e-Amal, comprising of several organizations, in Hyderabad on Saturday night.

The rally, addressed by three members of Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, apart from the leaders of various political parties was attended by more than one lakh Muslims from different parts of Andhra Pradesh.

Apart from calling to take the movement for reservations for Muslims at the national level, the speakers also demanded a sub quota for Muslim women in the proposed 33% reservations for women in Parliament and assemblies.

Three Rajya Sabha members Dr,. Aijaz Ali, Saber Ali of the Lok Janashakti Party and Kamal Akhtar of the Samajwadi party, who were recently suspended from the Rajya Sabha after they opposed the women's reservation bill, were given heroes' welcome at the rally.

The rally was also addressed by Hyderabad member of Parliament and Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen president Asaduddin Owaisi, Lal Jan Basha of the Telugu Desam party, former minister Mohammed Ali Shabbir of the Congress and representatives of various Muslim organisations.

A resolution urged the state government to take all the necessary steps to ensure that 4% reservations for backward Muslims continued undisturbed. The Andhra Pradesh High Court had struck it down recently as "unconstitutional". The resolution demanded that the state government should ensure that the Muslim students continue to get the benefit of reservations in the new academic year.

The resolution also demanded the UPA government to implement Ranganath Mishra Commission report which has recommended 10% reservations to Muslims throughout the country. It also wanted reservation for Muslim women with in the quota for women.

Hyderabad MP Owaisi said that the reservations were the constitutional rights of Muslims and they should get it.

Warning the Congress party that 2014 elections were not far away, Owaisi said that if the government does not restore reservations to the Muslims in the state, Muslims will not vote for Congress. "If Muslims can reservations in Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, why can't they get in Andhra Pradesh", he said.

Describing the presidential order of 1950, which restricted the reservations to only Dalit Hindus, as a blot on the face of constitution, Owaisi demanded that it should be amended to provide opportunities to Muslims to progress in education and employment.

Rediff Reader's Comment

by Chris on Mar 14, 2010

Asaduddin Owaisi is descended from the infamous Razakars of Hyderabad, who, in 1947, carried out the Genocide of Lakhs of innocent Hindus in Hyderabad, on behalf of the Nizam of Hyderabad.

In 2007, Asaduddin Owaisi personally, physically and brutally assaulted the author Taslima Nasreen, in broad daylight, and in front of the assembled audience, when Taslima was giving a speech, on a stage, at a function in Hyderabad.

Taslima's life was in danger, and she was only saved by some valiant elderly Hindu gentlemen, present at the function, who gallantly came to her rescue.

Strangely, there was not even one FIR filed against Owaisi on charges of attempted murder.

What is the point of India passing some Women's Bill in Parliament, if we are not even concerned about the shameless daylight assault and attempted murder of a defenceless brave ex-Muslim lady by a thug Muslim Politician ?

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