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    Published On : Wed, Dec 16th, 2015
    Latest News | By Nagpur Today Nagpur News

    Govt, Oppn in war of words in Assembly over 5 pc quota to Muslims

    Nagpur: The Vidhan Sabha on Day-3 of second week of Winter Session witnessed intense war of words between Ruling and Opposition members over the issue of five percent reservation to Muslims in education sector. After the 45-minute uproarious hotly worded debate, the Speaker Haribhau Bagde adjourned the House for 15 minutes at 1 pm.

    Reacting to the chaos, the Chief Minister took a dig at Congress party. He said that the issue was raised by NCP in Vidhan Parishad (Council) making it ‘necessary’ to Congress to raise in Assembly. That is why the bedlam. The State Government is pursuing the Muslim quota issue lawfully and there is no need to issue an ordinance in this regard.
    Prithviraj Chavan said that the previous Government had provided reservation to some sections of Muslim community.

    Another member Amin Patel demanded that reservation to poorer sections of Muslim community be continued in accordance with the High Court directives. MIM member said that Muslims should have got reservation much earlier. The present Government should come clean and make their intention clear over the issue.

    The Leader of Opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil said that Muslims were provided 5 percent reservation in education and jobs. The present Government had assured to extend the quota and now they should regularize it. The notification issued by the previous government has lapsed. It should be continued. The role of present government is suspicious. The Ruling Party should move a proposal in the House over reservation to Marathas and Muslims and get passed. He demanded the Speaker to call an all-party meeting in his chamber and resolve the issue.

    Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse informed the House that admissions to educational institutes and jobs to Muslims have been provided under reservation. The Government will protect them. According to Constitution, no reservation could be provided based on religions. Since the issue of notification regarding quota to Muslims has gone to High Court the notification has lapsed. The Government will respect and abide by the High Court order. Another Minister Vinod Tawde informed the House that the issue of reservation to Marathas is pending in Supreme Court. The Supreme Court has directed the High Court to hold hearing on the matter. Government will appoint an expert lawyer and present our side.

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