Saturday, February 20, 2010

[ZESTCaste] BJP opposes caste-based reservation for minorities

BJP opposes caste-based reservation for minorities
Neena Vyas

The Bharatiya Janata Party has opposed reservation for Scheduled Caste
Muslims and Christians.

In a resolution decrying the recommendation of the Ranganath Mishra
Commission on reservation for minorities, the party's Indore conclave
said this would be contrary to the Koran and the Bible. Parliament had
no jurisdiction to change the basic tenets of the Christian and
Islamic faiths that do not recognise the existence of caste in their

Party leaders described the move as a "conspiracy" to divide the country.

The BJP said the step was "not only unconstitutional but would also
create bad blood between minorities and Hindu Dalits and other
backward classes."

"The Ranganath Mishra Commission cannot dictate or thrust its opinion
on the Christian Pope or Muslim maulvis…reservation would amount to a
formal introduction of a caste system in Islam and Christianity, thus
changing the basic tenets of these religions, which is outside the
jurisdiction of both Parliament and the judiciary and also contrary to
the provisions of the Koran and the Bible," the resolution said.

One party leader claimed that "70 per cent of Muslims were already
covered by the 27 per cent OBC quota." The party is apparently
objecting to the creation of a quota within that quota for OBC Muslims
and other minorities.


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