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Leaders urged Maharashtra Govt. while demanding reservation for Muslims

Thursday, July 30, 2009 11:14:27 AM, Staff Reporter

MP Mahmud Madani addressing the Mumbai meeting. (Obaid Khan)

Proportionate representation of Muslims in the cabinet Demands that remain a Dream: However the question that arises from these facts is, for how long would we continue to rely on these leaders despite their persistent failures in delivering to safeguard the interests of the community. The answer to this question is hidden in a painful reality. At the time when various communities in the political .... Read Full

Mumbai: Muslim leaders cutting across the party line who gathered in a large number from all across Maharashtra in Mumbai yesterday demanded reservation for Muslims in the state on line with the decisions taken by the Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka Governments. In their demand to the State Government, they also found leaders from Maratha Seva Sangh and Dalit leaders from Republican Party of India (RPI) standing shoulder to shoulder with them.


“You cannot go on to rule merely by promising the Muslims. The Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka governments have already decided for Muslim reservation. It is time for the government of Maharashtra to follow the suite”, Jamiatul Ulema leader and Member of Parliament (MP) Maulana Mahmud Ah Madani said in his presidential address.


Stating that the Indian constitution denies prejudice against anyone on the basis of religion but the Muslim community is continuously subjected to bias and unfairness because of its faith, Mahmud Madani said, “If this is not the case why the government is sitting on the Rangnath Mishra Commission Report and not willing to implement the recommendations made therein.”


In his speech well known educationalist PA Inamdar, who had convened the meeting held at Shanmukhanand Hall in the state capital warned the government from making empty promises. “You lure us with empty promises every time the elections are round the corner. But never ever you seriously try for their implementation”, he said before adding, “It is time you pay heed to our demands or get ready to relinquish the power you are enjoying now.”


Stating that the commissions and committee reports are not going to serve any purpose for the Muslim community, President of the Republican Party of India (RPI) and ex-MP Ramdas Athawale advised, “Your demands are legitimate. But you need a persistent and well coordinated effort to move the Government.”


Agreeing with Ramdas Athawale President of Maratha Seva Sangh Parshottam Khedaikar said, “The Muslims are key to the government formation. Yet there voice is not heard because they are not united and shy away from persistent efforts.”


The two leaders coined the idea of Dalit-Muslim unity to bring the government to its knees.


Criticizing the way the government is publicizing various scholarships for the Muslim community, Pashabhai Patel said, “Dalit students are given scholarships without any application fees. Muslims apply with five hundred to thousand rupees in the form of fees yet a large number of them are left without any scholarship.”


Interestingly, as soon as Pasha Patel observed this people who were crammed inside the giant Shanmukhanand Hall approved by raising their hands and stating, “Yes our children did not receive any scholarship even after completing every formality.”


The meeting concluded with a decision to organize dharnas in every district and at every major city in the state if Government of Maharashtra does not take any decision even now.






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