SP leader Azam Khan demands that 5% out of 10% quota for the poor be reserved only for Muslims

Azam Khan said that Muslims should have been given reservations in the past and it is too late now to offer them any reservation.

The decision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to provide 10% reservation in jobs and higher education for the unreserved poor and underprivileged section seems to have put the opposition parties on the back foot ahead of the general elections.

After getting caught off guard, Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan has now demanded that the government should reserve five percent to Muslims out of the proposed 10% reservation promised for the people belonging to the economically weaker section, reported Zee News.

According to the reports, controversial leader Azam Khan questioned the Modi government on the new reservation policy stating that the BJP government decided to bring in the new policy after it suffered losses in the recent assembly elections. Questioning the Modi government, Azam Khan asked that how much quota will be provided for the Muslims in the new reservation policy.

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“If there is no thought about providing reservations for the second largest population of this country in this new policy, then what does this reservation mean? Once again, the Communal card is being played at the time of the election. This is not a masterstroke, we demand that we should be given 5% to give preferential treatment to us,” said Azam Khan.

Azam Khan said that Muslims should have been given reservations in the past and it is too late now to offer them any reservation. Interestingly, Azam Khan asked Muslims to be put in the Scheduled Caste category as the conditions of Muslims in this country have not improved.

The Narendra Modi government on Monday had announced its historic decision to provide an additional 10% to unreserved people from the general category apart from the existing 50% reservation. The proposition would require a constitutional amendment to increase the cap on reservations to 60% from 50%. The government reportedly plans to bring an amendment in the Parliament shortly.

The move by the NDA government gathers special significance as it was widely speculated that Upper Caste anger over the SC/ST Act amendment bill led to BJP’s downfall in recent state elections. It was speculated that Upper Caste disenchantment with the BJP led to its demise in these state elections.

The move for 10% reservations is likely to woo back people from the Upper Castes who had deserted the party. Their support will be absolutely essential to secure a victory in the elections this year.


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