YSR Congress Party on Wednesday criticized the state government for not properly representing the 4.5 per cent Muslim quota Bill in the Supreme Court and alleged that minorities were drifting away from the Congress in a large scale.
Talking to media persons YSRC Party minority cell convener Habeeb Abdul Rahman said “The State government did not present the case in a proper perspective and failed to convince the Supreme Court as to what were the grounds on which the 4.5 reservations were fixed for minorities in central educational institutions.”
While YS Rajasekhara Reddy was in power, he cared for the minorities and many youngsters have benefitted with the fee reimbursement and other schemes introduced by him including the Muslim quota scheme.
“Though Congress is in power at the State and Centre, it could not defend its own decision, which shows the callous attitude it has towards minorities. State after state, Congress has failed to look after the interests of minorities,” he said.
Union Law Minister Salman Kursheed, during electioneering had tried to woo the Muslim with some high decibel talk on Muslim reservation as his wife was a contesting candidate, but the true colours of the Congress have come to the fore with the Supreme Court refusing to stay the Andhra Pradesh High Court order quashing 4.5 percent sub-quota for minorities in Central educational institutions, he said.
Muslim minorities are drifting away from Congress and they have found YSR Congress as a viable platform as YSR, with his vision had introduced fee reimbursement, free education to girls and other schemes which benefitted the minorities to a great extent, he said.
“We believe that under the leadership Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy all the welfare schemes launched by YSR will be carried forward and minorities will be benefitted,” he said.
The court questioned the grant of 4.5 per cent reservation to minorities on religious grounds while the State failed to give proper explanation at the State and Central level courts though Congress happens to be in power at both the places, he pointed out.
“This is an example to further demonstrate that the State government was fizzling down all YSR schemes one after the other,” he said.