Mamata scores point over Left on quota for Muslims
The Milli Gazette
Published Online: Jun 14, 2012
Print Issue: 16-30 June 2012
The Mamata government has tried to score more points than the Left by granting reservation to Muslims under the OBC category in a very short time as compared to the Left. The state cabinet has cleared a proposal for inclusion of 35 more castes in the state OBC list and notably out of the additional 35 in the list 33 are backward Muslims groups. The previous government led by the Left had added 108 OBC groups in the list out of which 53 belonged to backward Muslims. Now the total number of backward Muslim groups to receive OBC status in the state has increased to 86. Furthermore, after announcing an honorarium to imams and muezzins, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee now seeks job quota for Muslims. In order to press its demand, the Trinamool Congress is likely to raise the issue before the prime minister. Sultan Ahhmed, of Trinamool Congress has recently said that his party is not completely satisfied with the present format of reservation for Muslims in government jobs and therefore we will ask the prime minister for more reservation. Trinamool is also likely to take up the issue of reservation for minorities with other like minded political leaders like Mulayam Singh, Nitish Kumar and Lalu Yadav because they heavily rely on minority votes and are known as sympathisers of minorities. According to Trinamool 4.5 percent reservation for Muslims within 27 percent OBC quota is not sufficient. Opposition holds that Mamata is trying too reach out to Muslims before the upcoming panchayat polls and possibly for the Lok Sabha polls.
This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 June 2012 on page no. 15blog comments powered by Disqus