"Reservation on basis of population"

Resolution to this effect passed at the Maharashtra Muslim ConventionAlso demand reservation in the police, bureaucracy, local bodies and private institutions

Mumbai: Muslim groups on Sunday demanded reservations for the community in politics and jobs on the basis of population.

A resolution to this effect was passed at the Maharashtra Muslim Convention, hosted jointly by the All India Ulema Council and Mumbai Aman Committee, at the Anjuman-e-Islam near Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus here.

The resolution said that besides the Parliament, state assemblies and councils, representation on the basis of population must be given to Muslims in the police, bureaucracy, local bodies and private institutions.

All India Ulema Council President Maulana Zahiruddin Khan said the muslim community had not been given proper representation since Independence. .

Newly elected leader of the United Democratic Front Badruddin Kasmi said Muslims should not have a different political party. "It is not at all required. What is needed is that they should shake hands with the downtrodden, farmers, fisher folk and oppressed sections of society and demand proper representation. ," he added.

Jamaat-e-Islami Hind Vice President Riyaz Khan noted that the interim report of the Sachar Committee had pointed out that 90 per cent of Muslims have not benefited from various schemes launched by the central and state governments.

Renowned Islamic scholar Maulana Zillur Rehman Siddiqui said over 65 per cent of the Muslim population in the country lived below the poverty line. " We need to bridge this gap," he said.

Khoja Shia Asna Shari Jamaat president Safdar Karmali said Muslims were being specificially targeted.

Shia scholar Maulana Hasnain Kararvi pointed out that as per government records, the Muslim population was nearly 13 per cent, but the number of Muslims in the Indian Administrative Service was only two per cent. Mumbai Aman Committee general secretary Dawood Khan, All India Ulema Council general secretary Moulana Mehmood Daryabadi and Islamic scholars and intellectuals from the districts of Maharashtra were present.