Members of Tamil Nadu Thowheed Jamaath (TNTJ) converged in large numbers here and in Chennai on Tuesday for a demonstration, urging the Centre to provide 10 per cent reservation for Muslims in education and employment.

The protestors wanted the State government to enhance quota for Muslims in Tamil Nadu from the existing 3.5 per cent to 7 per cent.

TNTJ members from Tiruchi and other districts including Pudukottai, Thanjavur, Nagapattinam, Karur, Ramanathapuram, Perambalur and Ariyalur who took part in the demonstration that lasted over two hours, raised slogans in support of their demands. Representatives from the northern districts participated in the demonstration in Chennai.

Coimbatore

In Coimbatore, around 4,000 members of Tamil Nadu Thowheed Jamaath converged on Dr. Nanjappa Road for the protest.

Led by the organisation's State secretary R. Rahmathullah, they wanted the Central government to go by the Ranganath Mishra Committee's recommendations on reservation for Muslims and demanded that it be pegged at 10 per cent at the national level and seven per cent at the State level.

Mr. Rahmathullah said the State government should fulfill the promise Chief Minister Jayalalithaa made sometime ago that the reservation would be increased.

In the elections, the organisation would support only that party or alliance that promised to increase reservation, he added.