April 17, 2017 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Hyderabad: As per the media reports, Telengana’s state legislative assembly here on Sunday passed a bill to raise the reservation quota for the Muslims from 6 percent to 12 percent and that of Scheduled Tribes from 10 to 12 percent in all government jobs and educational institutions respectively.
On the other hand the pro Hindutva outfit BJP was seen vehemently opposing the the bill both inside and outside the legislature, the entire Opposition supported the Backward Class, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Reservation Bill, 2017, all five members of BJP were suspended from the assembly, its lone member in council staged a walk-out on the bill.
The BJP reportedly said that the Muslim reservation bill has no legal and constitutional feasibility and would be “quashed” at the central government level, we would utilise this issue to politically “rise” in the state and project the ruling TRS in “bad light”, the party further added to its statement.
“At the party level, we are going to utilise this as a great opportunity for the rise of BJP in Telangana. And at the (central) government level, this will be quashed right at the beginning,” said party spokesperson Krishna Saagar Rao while talking to Times of India (TOI).
“The Bill, passed by both houses of Telangana Legislature yesterday, has no legal and constitutional feasibility, as the state government did not follow due process and system,” he further claimed.
“Religion cannot be a basis for reservations, and legally its not viable as both High Court and Supreme Court of India has capped reservation at 50 per cent,” said Krishna Sagar Rao.
Reverting to his claim Telengana chief minister Chandarshekhar Rao reportedly said that the reservations were being provided purely on the basis of socio-economic backwardness and not on the basis of religion or caste as some parties were projecting.
“If the Centre refuses to accept Telengana’s request to include the legislation in the 9th Schedule, the state would approach the Supreme Court of India .” reads a quote from a statement made by C. Rao in the state assembly.
“Tamil Nadu is implementing 69 per cent reservations for over two decades. Five to six states are providing more than 50 per cent reservation. How can you deny this to Telangana?” he asked.
The Chief Minister argued that there is no constitutional bar on providing more than 50 per cent reservation, while noting that as 90 per cent of Telangana’s population comprises Backward Classes, SCs, STs and minorities, the state definitely needed more than 50 per cent reservation, said the media reports.
The SCs currently enjoy 15 per cent reservations while the BCs have a total quota of 25 per cent and the new legislation will increase the total reservations in the state to 62 per cent, reads a quote published in an English vernacular.