A strong demand for restoration of four per cent reservation for Muslims in the State was made at a public meeting here on Saturday.

For the first time, political and religious leaders and representatives of different social organisations shared a common platform to demand reservations.

A large number of Muslims, some from the neighbouring districts, turned up at the meeting organised by the Muslim United Forum (MUF) at Daruslam.

Legal hurdles

In a resolution, the meeting asked the government to take necessary steps to clear the legal and constitutional hurdles coming in the way of Muslim reservation. In another resolution, the MUF demanded a sub-quota for Muslim women in the 33 per cent women's reservation.

The MUF has also sought implementation of Sachar Committee report and Fatami Committee recommendations with respect to education. It demanded immediate implementation of Justice Ranganath Commission report which recommended 10 per cent reservation for Muslims across the country.

Three Rajya Sabha members -- Aijaz Ali (Independent), Saber Ali (LJP) and Kamal Akhtar (SP) -- and Majlis president Asaduddin Owaisi were among those who addressed the meeting.

Cutting across party lines, Hafiz Peer Shabbir Ahmed, Mohammed Ali Shabbir (Congress) and Lal Jan Pasha (TDP) faulted the court's contention that reservation would lead to religious conversions.

The Sachar Committee has clearly stated that Muslims lagged behind even Dalits and therefore deserved reservation.

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