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  • Moily disputes claim over quota for Muslims
  • `Former Prime Minister has an eye on bypoll'

    Bangalore: H.D. Deve Gowda is taking undue credit for introducing reservation to Muslims in the State with an eye on the byelection to the Chamundeshwari Assembly constituency, M. Veerappa Moily, National Administrative Commission Chairman and former Chief Minister, has said.

    Speaking to presspersons here on Wednesday, Mr. Moily said the Government Order, which provided for four per cent reservation to Muslims under OBC (2B) category, was passed during his tenure as Chief Minister in 1994 and not while Mr. Deve Gowda was the Chief Minister. Mr. Moily's Government had passed an Act in 1994 providing for 73 per cent reservation to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes. The question of internal reservation had also been addressed in the same Act, said Mr. Moily.

    Mr. Deve Gowda, who succeeded him, had not even made an effort to include the Act under the IX Schedule of the Constitution, Mr. Moily said. Neither had he pursued the case justifying 73 per cent reservation in the Supreme Court, he alleged. Mr. Deve Gowda had shown disregard for the reports of the L.G. Havanur and T. Venkataswamy commissions in the past and was now speaking like a champion of backward classes and Muslims with political gain in mind, Mr. Moily added. "If he is serious about uplift of Muslims and Other Backward Classes, there is more to be done. He need not take credit for what he has not done," he said. "I am glad he is taking some progressive stances now, but I hope it lasts beyond elections," he said.

    His Government, Mr. Moily said, had made provision for reservation following a door-to-door survey on the economic and social conditions of Muslims, and therefore, could not be challenged like it was in Andhra Pradesh. While a national survey by the Rajindar Sachar Committee on Muslims was being submitted now, this survey was done in the State more than a decade ago, he said.