Another Supreme Court slap on UPA government over 4.5 per cent Muslim quota
Welcoming the Supreme Court directive on minority quota for Muslims and refusal to stay the Andhra Pradesh High Court order, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) demanded unconditional and immediate apology from the UPA government and also from all the state Governments which have extended reservations or special favours to Muslims.
The VHP also demanded that the Government should immediately withdraw the reports of Sachar Committee and Rangnath Misra Commission, as the Supreme Court has already rejected them and the Delhi HC also termed them unconstitutional.
In a statement issued on June 13, VHP working president Dr Pravin Togadia warned, “Rather than giving up the unlawful, unconstitutional and discriminatory efforts of giving special reservations and other favours to Muslims now, if the Government goes ahead with the vicious anti-national plan to amend the Constitution to yet give such reservations and favours to Muslims, the Hindus of all castes will protest as one democratically on the streets. All responsibility of any ensuing situation thereafter
will be the sole liability of
the Union Government.”
In a landmark rendition on June 13 the Supreme Court warned the Union Government that it could even reject admitting its appeal challenging Andhra High Court decision to reject 4.5 per cent Muslim quota from OBC’s 27 per cent. The Union Government had filed the reports of Sachar Committee and Rangnath Misra Commission and other sundry reports as the basis for 4.5 per cent Muslim quota. The Supreme Court refused to accept these reports. The Supreme Court also refused to stay the Andhra HC decision to cancel 4.5 per cent Muslim quota.
“The Government’s decision to implement 4.5 per cent sub-quota from January this year did not prima facie appear to be supported by Constitutional provisions… The December 22, 2011 office memorandum on the issue of sub-quota did not have the legislative support. Unlike the 27 per cent to OBCs in central educational institutions, the carving of 4.5 per cent sub-quota is not supported by even a law. It also appears that the carving of 4.5 per cent sub-quota was purely based on religious considerations. We are not inclined to grant stay,” the Supreme Court said. The Court also specifically asked the Government, ”You are giving them from 50 per cent, you are giving them already from 27 per cent OBC and now you want to give them specially 4.5 per cent exclusive. Why this religion based discrimination?” Government had no reply to such a direct question on triple reservation to Muslims.
“This vindicates our stand strongly that any type of Muslim quota is unconstitutional. The Supreme Court terming Government move of 4.5 per cent to Muslims from poor OBC’s 27 per cent as ‘Unconstitutional’, ‘Not Supported by Law’ and ‘Purely Religious Consideration’ exposes Government ulterior motive to discriminate against Hindus for Muslims through the dubious studies like Sachar Committee and Rangnath Misra Commission, etc,.” Dr Togadia said.
He appealed to all the countrymen to challenge in the respective courts all such special reservations and favours showered on Muslims in any form anywhere in Bharat in all states including special salary of Rs 2500 to Imams in Bengal; quota to Muslims in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, West Bengal etc; fees paid by Government of 72,09,000 Muslim students; monthly Rs 12,000 scholarship to 32,145 Muslim students (total Rs 700 crore); educational loans to Muslims at 3 per cent and many other favours given through NMDC (National Minority Development Corporation); Rs 1, 43, 396 crore loan to Muslims for businesses at the rate of 6 per cent interest in priority sector lending as per RBI circular while 13 per cent interest levied on Hindus etc. Dr Togadia also appealed all to write letters/emails to the Prime Minister, the Supreme Court and the United Nations Human Rights against all such unconstitutional, anti-law and discriminatory favours and reservations given to Muslims.
Recently, the Government sent a letter to all state Governments asking them to appoint Muslim Police Inspectors in Muslim areas. This also is an unconstitutional decision and must be challenged as this is a prelude to the Targeted Violence Bill that the Government has been proposing for pushing Hindus to jail while protecting Muslim violence against all others.
Dr Togadia also demanded that the Election Commission now must cancel registration of all political parties that fought or won the elections promising any type of Muslim quota/reservations/special favours. The Election Commission should also bar such candidates from further elections. (FOC)