Former Minister Mohammed Ali Shabbir demanded AP Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar to take measures to defend the 4 percent reservation to Muslim Minorities in education and employment spheres. As the Muslim Minorities reservation case is coming up for hearing in Supreme Court Shabbir Ali raised this issue on Tuesday. He wrote open letters to CMs of both the Telugu states on the issue.
“When the reservation was implemented in 2004-05, the Congress party was in power in both undivided Andhra Pradesh and at the Centre. Therefore, there was no conflict between the State and Union of India which facilitated smooth legal representation in the High Court and then the Supreme Court. But today, BJP is in power at the Centre while TRS and YSRCP are in power in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh respectively. Although TRS and YSRCP Governments are in support of the continuation of the Muslim quota, BJP is openly opposed to it. Therefore, we fear the worst if the Centre opposes continuation of 4 percent Muslim quota in the Supreme Court,” wrote Shabbir Ali, in the open letter, expressing his apprehension.