KOLKATA: The State government is set to face a legal hurdle in implementing its decision for reservation of 10 per cent of government jobs for Muslim OBCs with the BJP saying it would move the court against the government’s decision.
“The Andhra Pradesh High Court has showed us the way and we are going to challenge the State government’s decision in the Calcutta High Court. What the State government has done is unconstitutional as you cannot provide reservation on the basis of religion,” said the BJP president Rahul Sinha over the phone from Delhi. He said he would take up the matter with party president Nitin Gadkari and the State unit will observe a protest day on the issue.
The Congress government in Andhra Pradesh enacted a law on June 23, 2007 providing for 4 per cent reservation in education and government jobs to 15 backward communities among the Muslims. After a lot of legal wrangles, the High Court today declared the Act null and void.
The West Bengal government itself became skeptical whether its decision on reservation for Muslims could be implemented. “The Andhra High Court’s order will have to be kept in mind. We will have to be ready for everything because somebody can go to court,” said Abdus Sattar, Minister of State for Minorities.(Courtesy: NaidnI Express)