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Muslims want quota in politics, jobs

A resolution for this has been passed at the ?Maharashtra Muslim Convention?.

india Updated: Jun 15, 2006 03:13 IST

The quota issue is not going to die down soon. Now, the Muslim community in Maharashtra is demanding a share in power and jobs on the basis of their numbers in the total population.

A resolution to this effect was passed at the ‘Maharashtra Muslim Convention’ held at Anjuman-e-Islam in Mumbai on Sunday.

The convention was jointly organised by the All India Ulema Council and Mumbai Aman Committee. Delegates from 36 districts and scholars and intellectuals from across the state were present.

Saying that Indian Muslims lived in a “pitiable” condition, the delegates demanded representation in Parliament and state assemblies, and also in the police, the bureaucracy, local bodies and private institutions. They said Muslims were under-represented and reservations were not sufficient.

Maulana Zahiruddin Khan, president, All India Ulema Council, said since Independence Muslims had not been given proper representation “because of bureaucrats and people's representatives, and their share in different sectors is reducing day by day”.

United Democratic Front leader Maulana Badruddin Kasmi said Muslims should join hands with the downtrodden, farmers and other oppressed sections to demand adequate representation.