Staff Reporter

TIRUNELVELI: Demanding 13 per cent reservation for Muslims in education, employment opportunities and legislative bodies, the Tamil Nadu Thawheed Jamaath has planned to take out a massive rally and organise a conference at Kumbakonam on January 29.

"The Muslims, who contribute 13 per cent of the population of Tamil Nadu, will wholeheartedly support that political party, which gives adequate reservation for this community, having more number of illiterates. If the Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa, gives us reservation within the 30 per cent reservation being given to the backward community, it will be a thanksgiving rally and conference, in which she will be the chief guest," the State general secretary of the party, S.M. Backer told mediapersons here on Saturday.

Citing the reservation being given to Muslims in Uttar Pradesh, Kerala and Karnataka, Mr. Backer said the Tamil Nadu Government could also extend reservation to the Muslims, "who form 57 per cent of the below poverty line population of the country."

The party's State secretary, M. Shamsul Luha, and other office-bearers were present.