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The Indian Herald

February 2, 2009

Political parties support job reservation for Muslims

A host of political parties and leaders of Jain and Christian have supported the demand to provide reservation to Muslims in employment for the uplift of the community.

Speaking at the convention in Delhi, Union Minister and Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief Ram Vilas Paswan made a strong pitch for minorities and said that their social and economic backwardness was as bad as that of Dalits.

He said that the Sachar committee report and Justice Ranganath Mishra Commission findings have demonstrated the status of Muslims in the country. He said that it was necessary to take the step and supported 10% reservation for Muslims in jobs.

Jain community leader Bal Patil said that the reservation was needed for overall socio-economic and educational development of Muslims. Christian community leader Dominic Emmanuel also spoke for quota for Muslims in government jobs.

The leaders of Communist parties including AB Bardhan and Forward Block's Debabrat Biswas accepted that it was a genuine need of the hour for the government to take stock of the backwardness of Muslims.

They were speaking at the programme organised under the auspices of Joint Committee of Organisations of Muslims for Empowerment (JCOME) that was organised in New Delhi on Sunday.

The speakers at the conclave said that reservation for Scheduled Castes (SCs), Scheduled Tribes (STs), Other Backward Castes (OBCs) should be extended to cover Muslims also.

Former Chief Justice AM Ahmedi and Muslim leaders like Muslim Majlis Mushwarat chief ex-MP Syed Shahabuddin and editor of Milli Gazette Dr Zafar Alam Khan, attended the convention.

TIH Bureau

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