Stepping up pressure on political parties ahead of the parliamentary elections on the issue of reservation for Muslims, a group of organisations from the community on Monday announced it would launch a mass movement from next month on the issue.
"We will hold a national convention on February 1 in Delhi on the issue of reservation for Muslims. It will be presided over by former chief justice of India A M Ahmadi and inaugurated by chancellor of Jamia Hamdard Syed Hamid," leader of the Committee and former MP Syed Sahabuddin said at a press conference in Kolkata.
He said after a resolution was adopted at the convention, the Committee would launch a "mass movement" to press for its demand for reservation in education and jobs for Muslims.According to Sahabuddin, the Congress, the Left parties, the LJP, BSP, Samajwadi Party, NCP, JD(S), DMK, AIDMK and the Trinamool Congress have extended support to the Committee on the reservation issue.
"In India, there are 50 Muslim majority constituencies. We are asking them to vote for those secular parties which will support the reservation issue," Sahabuddin said.
He said while states like Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh have introduced quotas for Muslims, the Centre had not yet taken any initiative in this respect.