ANDHRA PRADESH

‘Caste-based quota no use to Muslims’

Staff Reporter

VISAKHAPATNAM: The State Government’s decision to go ahead with the ‘caste-based’ reservations for Muslims in the State w’ould not be of any use to the Muslim community, the Federation of All Mosque, Burial Grounds, Idgahs, Dargas, and Madrasasas’ leaders opine.

Reacting to the Government decision to provide four per cent reservations to 15 Muslim groups considered “socially and educationally backward” while excluding the creamy layer among the community in jobs and professional colleges at a press conference here on Saturday, former MLA S.A. Rahman said that the State Government had proposed the reservations for Muslims without doing the home work properly although earlier twice the Muslim reservations was rejected by the High Court. “It is doing the same thing a third time. This has hurt the sentiment of Muslims. Muslims all over the world are equal. There is no distinction of caste, colour or race among them. Therefore, creating distinction among them for reservations is improper. There is no caste system in Islam.”

General Secretary of Kota Veedhi Mosque, Iqtidar Hussein, who also spoke said that even B.R. Ambedkar said only profession, should be the criterion for reservation and not caste.

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