Mohammed Ali Shabbir

Amit Shah’s remarks on the Muslim quota are contempt of the Supreme Court: Congress

• Amit Shah is not aware of the history or legal position of the Muslim quota: Shabbir

Hyderabad, May 15, 2022: Former Minister & ex-Leader of Opposition in Telangana Legislative Council Mohammed Ali Shabbir has strongly condemned Union Home Minister Amit Shah for his statement that the BJP would scrap the 4% Muslim quota if it comes to power in Telangana.

Shabbir Ali, in a media statement on Sunday, described Amit Shah’s remarks as highly provocative and said they fall into the category of hate speech. “Despite being the country’s Home Minister Amit Shah is neither aware of the history of the 4% Muslim quota nor its present legal position. The case of the 4% Muslim quota in government jobs and education, introduced by the previous Congress regime in 2004-05, is pending before the Supreme Court. Therefore, by announcing that the BJP Govt would scrap the Muslim quota, Amit Shah indulged in the contempt of court. Is Amit Shah superior to the Supreme Court to scrap the Muslim quota?” he asked.

“Amit Shah should’ve done some basic research before commenting on the Muslim quota. First of all, the Muslim quota was not given on the basis of religion. Initially, Muslims in undivided Andhra Pradesh was given a 5% quota which was later reduced to 4% on the directions of the High Court. The Backward Classes Commission conducted a deep study and recommended categorisation of 14 socially, economically and educationally backward groups among Muslims as BC-E. Based on this report, the then Congress Govt introduced a Bill providing 4% reservation to 14 identified backward classes among Muslims. This was challenged in the High Court and later the matter went to the Supreme Court. The Apex Court, in March 2010, permitted the continuance of the 4% Muslim quota subject to the final verdict by the Constitutional Bench of the Supreme Court. Therefore, no one, except the Supreme Court has powers to stop the Muslim quota,” Shabbir Ali said.

Further, Shabbir Ali said that the previous Congress Govt implemented a 4% quota to ensure the social, educational and economic empowerment of poor Muslims. “Nearly 20 lakh poor Muslim families, in both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, benefitted from this move. BJP leaders, including Amit Shah and Telangana BJP President Bandi Sanjay, are daydreaming of coming to power in Telangana after the next elections. People of Telangana will never get polarised and reject the communal agenda of BJP and RSS,” he said.

Shabbir Ali said Amit Shah’s statement on the Muslim quota clearly shows that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s slogan of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’ was a hoax and another ‘jumla’. “Why are BJP leaders jealous and envious of poor Muslims getting free education and a small share in government jobs? Do they want Muslims to remain illiterate and unemployed?” he asked.

The Congress leader said that Amit Shah’s remarks on the Muslim quota exposed the BJP’s frustration over the poor response to its programmes in Telangana. “Earlier, Bandi Sanjay opposed the conduct of Group-I exams in the Urdu language without having any knowledge that even UPSC exams are conducted in Urdu and other regional languages as per the provisions of the Constitution. Now Amit Shah is promising to scrap the 4% Muslim quota while knowing fully well that neither the BJP nor the TRS Govt has the powers to do so as the matter is pending before the Supreme Court. BJP leaders are desperately trying to draw the people’s attention to spread hatred and communalism. But they will fail in such attempts,” he said.

“Congress party provided 4% Muslim quota and it would leave no stone unturned to protect it. The threats by BJP leaders like Amit Shah and Bandi Sanjay are as hollow as their party’s existence in Telangana. By making hate speeches, they can capture some space in the media. But they will not be able to find any space in the hearts and minds of people of Telangana,” he said.

Shabbir Ali said that the Congress party would seek legal opinion to check whether the case of contempt of court could be filed against Amit Shah for his remarks against the Muslim quota. He asked the poor and backward Muslims not to feel threatened by the statements of BJP leaders. “BJP leaders are like leeches who survive by spewing venom against Muslims. They can only talk about destruction and damage to minorities. They have no agenda for the development of the communities whom they claim to represent. They have no guts to speak on rising inflation and ever-increasing unemployment. People of Telangana will foil their attempts to divide the society on the basis of religion,” he said.

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