Some prominent Muslim scholars and clerics today said that the Congress' move to carve out 4.5 per cent reservation for minorities, would divide the Muslim community on caste basis.
"The Congress wants to create differences in Muslim community in the name of forward and backward, this 4.5 per cent is not going to benefit Muslims but has given an issue to BJP and RSS," said Tauseef Raza Khan, scion of Aala Hazrat Ahmad Raza Khan, the founder of Barelvi school of thought of Muslims.
Also the president of Ittehad E Millat council, Khan said that reservation must be given to Muslims not on basis of caste but on basis of economic status.
Maulana Tauqeer Raza Khan Barelvi termed it as a move to divide the community on caste basis "which is anti-Islamic."
Professor Faizan Mustafa, vice chancellor of National Law University, Cuttack, while explaining the 1950 presidential order which gives reservation to scheduled castes says, once a member of scheduled caste converts to any other religion he no longer remains entitled to to the benefits of reservation.
Hence we are already living under the system of reservation which has religious implications, Mustafa said.
Dalit Christians have challenged this disincentives of conversion in Supreme Court and the matter is subjudice, he said.
Khalid Shamim, professor in department of Law in Shibli College of Azamgarh, said, Backward Muslims are already getting about 3 per cent government jobs in this OBC quota.
While the Uttar Pradesh is warming up for the Assembly polls, Congress is also banking on the votes of the Muslim community, which plays a deciding role in over 100 seats out of total 403.
The whole exercise by Congress is nothing but propaganda, because this 4.5 per cent is for minorities not only for Muslims, Khalid said.
What Muslims need is about 15 per cent reservation in government jobs for the community as a whole, he added.
Maulana Arshad Madani, president of Jamiat Ulama e Hind, who, is known for his closeness to Congress top leadership has welcomed the union government's move but with some reservations.
"Whatever we will get in 4.5 per cent, we will continue our demand of complete reservation".
President of Ulama Council, Maulana Amir Rashadi said that the Congress has not done justice to the Muslims, and this reservation smells of a conspiracy to divide the Muslim community in castes.
This reservation is for all minorities communities not only for Muslims, so I must say that Congress has ditched us, we demand reservation according to our population as recommended by Sacchar and Mishra commissions, Rashadi said.
Reservation to Muslims Divisive: Clerics, Scholars
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