Religion-based reservation not in country's interest: Naidu

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The BJP leaders and activists were detained as they tried to march towards the Telangana state legislative assembly building to protest the bill to raise the job and education quota for the Muslims in the state. "Muslims in Telangana have never faced social discrimination or economic deprivation", he added.

KCR also issued a veiled threat to the Centre, emphatically stating that if the Centre doesn't take it up favourably and incorporate it in Schedule IX of the Constitution, Telangana would take legal recourse by approaching the Supreme Court.

He said the BJP was strongly opposed to reservations on the basis of religion, and alleged that injustice was done to the Backward Classes by including Muslims in the BC (E) category.

A bill that increases reservation for backward classes, SC & ST and socially and economically backward Muslims was passed in Telangana assembly on Sunday amid chaos. Reservation for backward Muslims was increased under BC-E category. This has now been increased to 12%.

MLAs were on Sunday suspended from the Telangana Assembly for creating ruckus over a bill aimed at increasing separate quota for the Muslims in government jobs.

Minister for Irrigation, T Harish Rao, had moved a motion seeking suspension of the five BJP lawmakers after they protested against the reservation bill.

"The Centre can not have different policies for different states", he said. BJP does not indulge in divisive politics. "Reservation on the basis of religion is not in the interest of the country".

In his address, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said RUMSL will provide electricity to the Delhi Metro at Rs 3.30 per unit.

He made it clear that he will not beg the Centre but will fight to get the new quotas included in the 9th Schedule.

He played to the gallery perfectly, as if taking potshots at the BJP, by asking: "Why can't we give them reservation?"

The Congress Deputy leader dared the Chief Minister to announce that the latter would not seek votes of Muslims if he could not persuade the Centre to concede hike in reservation. "Are they not part of this country?" Citywise, Hyderabad has the largest concentration whereas Khammam has the loswest population of Muslims. Besides, the state Government also proposed to pass GST Bill and also a Bill on protecting Telangana Heritage Buildings.

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