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No backward class quota for Muslims in Karnataka

Bommai said, "There is no provision under the Constitution for religious minorities."

BJP government scrapped 4% reservation for Muslims saying religious minorities cannot be a reservation category. But Jains and Christians are classified under the 2D quota category as per the order on March 27. And, there will be no backward-class quota for Muslims.

In Karnataka, the Jains and Christians remain eligible for quota under the government. And the orders of reclassifying backward classes come under various categories for reservation in education and employment. This was after the Basavaraj Bommai-led BJP government scrapped the four percent quota for Muslims and placed them under the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) category. He said that religious minorities cannot be a reservation category.

The government debated the agenda of reservation for dominant Vokkaliga and Lingayat communities in its last Cabinet Meeting on March 27. The hike facilitates by removing Muslims from the B2B Backward Classes Category. It says that the community received four percent of reservations. 

After the same, the reservation for the Vokkaligas and other castes in the 2C category went up to six percent from four percent. And that of Lingayat in the 2D category went up to seven percent from five percent. Also, the government classifies Christians and Jains in the 2D category.

In 1994, the Muslims were given a 2B reservation that was for the moderately backward class during the tenure of HD Deve Gowda. And after which they were classified as socially backward by the O Chinnappa Reddy Commission.

In the Cabinet Meeting of March 24, Bommai also said that “There is no provision under the Constitution for a reservation to religious minorities. It was struck down by the court in Andhra Pradesh. Even Dr. B R Ambedkar had said that reservation was for castes.”

Amit Shah congratulated the Bommai government by saying, ” Reservation granted to minorities was not constitutional. There is no provision in the Constitution to give reservation based on religion”.

On March 24 that the reclassification of the quota was based on an interim report submitted by the Karnataka State Commission for Backward Classes.

Castes and groups falling under the 2C category now include Vokkaligas and its subcastes. Veerashaiva Lingayats and all Lingayat subsets come under the 2D category.

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