Waqf board to organise protests as Karnataka scraps Muslim reservation

A day after the BJP-led Karnataka government scrapped the 4 per cent reservation being given to Muslims, the Waqf board demanded the restoration of the reservation and claimed that the latest move by the government was an attempt to polarise votes in the poll-bound state.

A day after the BJP-led Karnataka government scrapped the 4 per cent reservation being given to Muslims, the Waqf board demanded the restoration of the reservation and claimed that the latest move by the government was an attempt to polarise votes in the poll-bound state.

The Karnataka government on Friday decided to scrap the 4 per cent OBC reservation for Muslims. The community was moved to the 10 per cent Economically Weaker Section (EWS) category.

Waqf board members said they would hit the streets and raise the issue in front of the state’s legislative building.

“We have no hopes from the BJP government. We demand the four per cent reservation under the 2B category be brought back. They are trying to polarise votes by doing this. We have no objections to the reservations for other castes. We are unhappy with what is done to the Muslims,” India Today quoted a board member as saying.

“Under the 2B, it was exclusively for us. Now, we have to compete with all the other stronger communities like Brahman, Vyasas, Jain, etc. We want the 2B reservation back,” he added.

The board would be submitting a memorandum to the governor, he said.

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