Shah’s comments on Muslim quota are nothing short of hate speech: Shabbir Ali
Former minister Mohammed Ali Shabbir has opposed Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s promise to scrap the 4% quota for Muslims if he comes to power in Telangana. He described it as highly provocative and nothing short of hate speech.
In a statement here, he said that despite being the country’s interior minister, Mr Shah was unaware of the history of the Muslim quota or its current legal status. “The 4% quota case for Muslims in government jobs and education, brought by the previous Congressional regime in 2004-2005, is pending before the Supreme Court. His statement is in contempt of court. Is Amit Shah superior to the Supreme Court? He asked.
Mr Ali said the Muslim reservation was not granted on the basis of religion but on the recommendations of the Backward Classes Commission by the Congress government in the Combined PA. The commission recommended the categorization of 14 socially, economically, and educationally backward groups among Muslims as BC-E.
He said that when Congress provided a 5% reservation based on the report, the Supreme Court allowed the 4% quota to continue, subject to the final verdict of the Supreme Court Constitutional Court. “Therefore, no one except the Supreme Court has the power to stop the Muslim quota,” Ali said.
He added that since its implementation, nearly 20 lakh poor Muslim families in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh have benefited. Mr. Shah’s efforts to polarize Telangana will never succeed, he said.