Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, Mr K. Rosaiah, promised in the Assembly that his government would take "all required legal steps" for implementing Muslims.
"With all seriousness and sincerity, we shall take all required legal steps to ensure that the benefit of reservation is extended to Muslims. Our ultimate goal is to protect the reservation for backward class Muslims," Mr Rosaiah assured the state Assembly.
He was speaking before the Supreme Court stayed the High Court order that had cancelled the four per cent reservation in state jobs and educational institutions for 14 backward Muslim groups.
The Assembly discussed the issue at length with all parties, barring the lone BJP MLA, favouring the reservation. In fact, the Leader of Opposition, Mr N. Chandrababu Naidu, and the CPM MLA, Mr J. Ranga Reddy, wanted 10 per cent reservation for Muslims as per the recommendations made by Sachar and Ranganath Misra committees.
"The government should lead an all-party delegation to the Prime Minister to press for a Constitutional amendment for providing reservation to backward group Muslims. The state Assembly should also pass a resolution in this regard," Mr Naidu said.
The Majlis Ittehadul-e-Muslimeen floor leader, Mr Akbaruddin Owaisi, supported the demand.
Responding, the Chief Minister said the government had no objection to this. "Let me reassure you that we shall take required legal measures to ensure four per cent reservation for Muslims by all means," Mr Rosaiah reiterated.
Earlier, replying to the debate on the issue, the BC welfare minister, Mr M. Mukesh Goud, said 10,935 backward Muslim students availed of the reservation benefits to pursue higher and professional education in the last two years. Similarly, 83 candidates secured jobs in government, he added.(PTI)