Inspite of repeated court warnings, AP Government Pushes for Muslim Quota

published on March 4, 2010

In continuance with its plans for reservations to Muslims in jobs and education in Andhra Pradesh, the Rosaiah-led Congress Government has filed an exhaustive 200-page appeal in the Supreme Court challenging the AP High Court order striking down a law providing quota for the minority community.

Faced with political embarrassment after the HC on February 8 quashed the State Government’s law – The Andhra Pradesh Reservation in Favour of Socially and Educationally Backward Classes of Muslims Act, 2007 – by a 5:2 majority, the State Government in its appeal suggested that the law was based on scientific study and data collected by an Expert Commission.

The High Court had struck down the reservation law of the Government on the basis that it would encourage conversion in the State since there would be an unprecedented rush among persons to adopt Islam to claim benefit of reservation under the religion.

The appeal further draws a parallel between similar reservation benefits being available to classes among Muslims in several southern States such as Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.

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