‘TRS will ensure 12% quota for Muslims’

Deputy Chief Minister says party is driving force behind implementation of Cong.’s 4% reservation

November 10, 2018 11:16 pm | Updated November 11, 2018 07:38 am IST - NIZAMABAD

Khammam, Telangana, 05/11/2018: Deputy Chief Minister Md. Mahmood Ali, TRS MLA Camdidate Puvvada Ajay Kumar addressing meeting in Khammam on Monday. Photo: G. N. Rao/ The Hindu.

Khammam, Telangana, 05/11/2018: Deputy Chief Minister Md. Mahmood Ali, TRS MLA Camdidate Puvvada Ajay Kumar addressing meeting in Khammam on Monday. Photo: G. N. Rao/ The Hindu.

Caretaker Deputy Chief Minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali has made it clear that his party (TRS) will abide by the implementation of 12% reservation for Muslims in education and employment and will intensify its efforts after the elections and formation of a new government.

In fact, TRS is the driving force behind the implementation of 4% reservations for religious minorities by Congress, because with the suggestion and persuasion of K. Chandrasekhar Rao when the party was in alliance with Congress Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy government issued a GO to that effect, he said.

At a news conference here on Saturday, Mr. Ali said that his party would never align with BJP which is rudderless in the State. “We will have no tie-up with BJP either before elections or after elections. Where is BJP in the State?” he questioned seeking to dispel doubts among Muslim minorities.

‘TRS govt. secular’

Stating that KCR was adjudged the best Chief Minister in the country, he said the Jammu Kashmir Assembly delegation which visited Hyderabad sometime back appreciated the TRS government as the most secular one. The delegation led by the Assembly Speaker was in full praise for the schemes being implemented for the welfare of minorities in the State, he said.

MP K. Kavitha said the Congress was responsible for migration of people from Telangana to Gulf countries in search of employment as the party ignored development in the region and destroyed agriculture with its policies. “Had it constructed projects and irrigated parched lands, they would not have gone to desert countries,” she said.

Describing Congress’s sympathy towards migrant workers as “crocodile tears”, she said that Congress leaders visited Dubai to win support after doing great injustice to them all these years.

The Congress government, after introducing NRI department in 2006, had not allocated even a single rupee to it in the budget till 2011, Ms. Kavitha added.

Reeling out statistics on the financial support given by the TRS government to the families of migrant workers, Ms. Kavitha said in the last four years, ₹106 crore had been spent for their welfare and 1,278 bodies of migrant workers, who died in Gulf countries, were brought back to the country. The file relating to ex-gratia payment to bereaved families were cleared and payments would be made after the new government assumes office, she said.

Former MLA Bigala Ganesh Gupta, Mayor Akula Sujatha, Muslim minority leaders S.A. Alim, MA Quddus and Tariq Ansari were present.

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