In poll-bound Karnataka, rollback of Muslim quota likely to turn into crisis

Bengaluru, Mar 28 (IANS): Withdrawal of 4 per cent reservation for Muslim community by the ruling BJP government 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 on Tuesday to protest against the BJP government's decision.

The ruling BJP had withdrawn reservation of Muslims under 2B category and sent a proposal to the Centre.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

Chief Minister Bommai maintained that the reservation quota for Muslims will be intact as they will be moved to the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) quota.

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. They had also submitted a memorandum to the District Commissioner's office.

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 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 withdrawal of reservation. The protest was staged near the Vishveshvaraya statue in Mandya.

Former CM and JD (S) leader H.D. Kumaraswamy raised a concern that what if Muslim community takes to the streets like the Banjara community? Who will be responsible for the consequences?

"I appreciate the conduct of Muslim community at this hour. The BJP government had taken decisions as per whims and fancies. If Muslim community members had come to streets angered by withdrawal of their 4 per cent 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. Both parties are indulging in this, he added.

The protest by Banjara community members over a new reservation decision by the BJP government turned violent in Shikaripura of Shivamogga district. The agitators had pelted stones on former chief minister B.S. Yediyurappa's residence and even attacked police.



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  • Ayesha, Nejar/Santekatte

    Thu, Mar 30 2023

    No reservation to Terror sympathizers

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  • Sandeep Vincent, Nagori

    Thu, Mar 30 2023

    Reservation to cooker bombers is stopped. Why no one from Christian community is asking because we are against such appleasement. We are capable and will serve this country where we are born.

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  • B.S .Rai, Mangalore

    Wed, Mar 29 2023

    If you remember, We earlier had a 'sachiva' who would see off the pilgrims from the airport in full media glare with glossy pictures. Never ever has this 'sachiva' done this for people from other religion Today the 'sachiva' is helping his wife in the kitchen with his career being scrapped off after his was booted out of his home constituency by an ordinary low level foot soldier.

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  • Pacfic Heights, Mangalore

    Wed, Mar 29 2023

    These schemes led to ''Over appeasement '' and has dug the grave of Congress deep in the State.

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  • Jrome, Mangala uru

    Wed, Mar 29 2023

    It may be better to reject all reservations... Strive only on own individual/collective caliber/potential...overcome all manmade hurdles and divisions - be a sane and humane selfless social element and some day in the course of time be able to take over the reins of the country from the divisive and selfish elements that are holding the reins and 'ruining' the country instead of running it smoothly.

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  • Rajan, Mangalore

    Wed, Mar 29 2023

    BJP should take a leaf from FORMER US secretary of state Hillary Clinton quote -- She had said to Pakistan ----- if you have snakes in your backyard, you can’t expect them to bite only your Neighbours. Eventually, they will bite the people who keep them in the backyard. -- NOW BJP following caste -- communal politics -- Hindutva -- already we hear MUTHALIK revolting against a member/ minister of BJP -- recent trouble in SHRI Yeddyurappa's constituency -- his house being attacked -- how shameful and also alarming --

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  • Samad, Udupi

    Wed, Mar 29 2023

    Please sir, we don't need any such benefits, we will stand strong without them. These benefits are utilized by politician for thier political gain, other than the real needy.

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  • Sahil, Mangaluru

    Wed, Mar 29 2023

    What about those who will. Attend 2023 JEE CET NEET examinations under 2b

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  • Arjun, India

    Tue, Mar 28 2023

    They have minority quota... isn't that enough?

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  • Pavan, Mlr

    Tue, Mar 28 2023

    4% reservation will be given to Non kannadigas Gujjus,Marawadi,UP bihari ,bayyas.. Karnataka will be sold to gujjus soon thanks Modani 😂😆

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  • Charles D'Mello, Pangala

    Tue, Mar 28 2023

    All the reservations must be under Economically weaker section (EWS). Religion and caste must be neglected.

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  • Rahul, Dxb/mluru

    Wed, Mar 29 2023

    The fact is muslim quota is revoked and transferred to other castes. Appeasement is still there. Govt intention/action is not so good. Could have been avoided.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Raheja Waterfront

    Tue, Mar 28 2023

    Why announce such Weird Schemes ...

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  • Mbeary, Dxb

    Tue, Mar 28 2023

    No crisis. BJP knows that such actions wil only get them more voters from haters

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  • Rajesh, Mangalore

    Tue, Mar 28 2023

    This is foolish. this protest will definitely benefit BJP. what the muslims have to do is pressurise for increase of EWS quota so that their chances of benefit becomes bright.

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