Withdrawal Of 4 Percent Reservation For Muslims Likely To Snowball Into Crisis In Poll-Bound Karnataka

Bengaluru/Hyderabad, March 29 (Maxim News): Withdrawal of 4 percent reservation for the Muslim community by the ruling BJP government in Karnataka is likely to snowball into a crisis situation in the poll-bound Karnataka.

As the major political parties engage in a war of words over the issue, members of the Muslim community came out in the open to protest against the BJP government’s decision.

The ruling BJP had withdrawn the reservation of Muslims under the 2B category and sent a proposal to the Centre. Chief Minister Bawsavaraj Bommai has announced that a 4 percent quota for Muslims will be given to Lingayats and Vokkaligas.

Since this decision was taken a couple of days back, Muslim groups and political parties have come to the streets lately demanding that their quota should remain untouched. The protests have been staged in belagavi, Chitradurga, and Mandya cities of Karnataka.

The Minority Unit of Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) and Muslim community members had taken out a protest march in Belagavi. The agitators raised slogans against the ruling BJP party.

Members of the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) staged a protest on the road in Chitradurga raising slogans against the government. SDPI had built a platform near the DC circle for the protest. As the police denied permission, the protest was staged on the road.

Various Muslim organisations and SDPI staged a protest against the withdrawal of reservations. The protest was staged near the Vishveshvaraya statue in Mandya. Former CM and JD (S) leader H.D Kumaraswamy raised a concern that if the Muslim community takes to the streets, who will be responsible for the consequences? “I appreciate the conduct of the Muslim community at this hour. The BJP government had taken decisions as per whims and fancies. If Muslim community members had come to the streets angered by the withdrawal of their 4 percent reservation, innocent people would have lost their lives. “He reiterated,

Kumaraswamy further stated that the national parties should not indulge in creating conflicting situations between castes. He alleged both the parties (BJP and Congress are indulging in this, he added. (Maxim News)

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