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'Women's bill to sound death knell for Muslims'

Friday, March 05, 2010 07:37:38 PM, PTI

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New Delhi: A Muslim member in the Lok Sabha today alleged that the Women's Reservation Bill in its present form would sound a "death knell" for his community as the House will eventually turn into a "Hindu Lok Sabha".


Asaduddin Owaisi of the All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen claimed that the Bill in its present form will deprive the Muslim community of its place in the legislature and the House will eventually turn into a "Hindu Lok Sabha".


Participating in the discussion on the Motion of Thanks to the President's Address, Owaisi said if the Bill was passed, Muslims will have "no space" and it will sound a "death knell" for the community.


"We oppose women's reservation as it will sound a death knell for the Muslims...the reservation should start with the Muslim community as they are socially backward. Otherwise, the Lok Sabha will turn into a Hindu Lok Sabha," he said.


He pointed out that there was only one Muslim member each from Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra in the Lower House of Parliament.


However, when he raised the issue, Sumitra Mahajan, chairing the proceedings, asked him to restrain himself.


Some members, including those from the Treasury Benches objected to his remarks.


Owaisi alleged that the Manmohan Singh Government was not implementing the recommendations of the Ranganath Misra Commission report as well as the Sachar Committee recommendations aimed to remove social backwardness of the Muslim community.


He said if Ranganath Misra Commission recommendations for providing reservations to the Muslims cannot be considered on religious basis, the community should be helped on the basis of its social backwardness.


"It is high time the Manmohan Singh government accepts the recommendations of the Ranganath Misra Commission, as otherwise it would be a travesty of justice," he said adding that Muslims may stop voting.






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