We can’t give caste-based reservation: Vinod Tawde

Tawde said that Waqf board should resolve their internal politics

We can’t give caste-based reservation: Vinod Tawde

Minority Affairs minister Vinod Tawde told the legislative house that on July 9, 2014, an ordinance was passed where a five per cent reservation for Muslims in jobs and education was introduced. But, in November, the Bombay High Court put a stay on it partially and the ordinance later lapsed. He added that the issue is still pending before the HC which is hearing petitions against the quota. 

He added that in the constitution, it is mentioned that reservation should not be given on the basis of caste. 

Hence, reservations cannot be granted on the basis of religion. He made the statement while replying to the question raised by MLA Khwaja Baig.

Tawde added when people write their caste, they only mention ‘Muslim’ and don’t mention their caste, hence, they don’t get the reservation what other backward communities receive.

We too want minority communities to be on par with other communities. I think Waqf board should resolve their internal problems first. Also, we don’t consider Urdu to be a foreign language. Inqalab Zindabad was a Muslim slogan which was used during the freedom struggle. Hence, the state is not biased towards any caste,” Vinod Tawde, Minority Affairs minister.

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