BJP to hold praja ballot on quota for Muslims

BJP to hold praja ballot on quota for Muslims
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With an aim to gauge public mood on the issue of providing 12 per cent reservations to Muslims by the state government, the BJP has decided to hold praja ballot in rural areas on Sunday. 

Hyderabad: With an aim to gauge public mood on the issue of providing 12 per cent reservations to Muslims by the state government, the BJP has decided to hold praja ballot in rural areas on Sunday.

The party has instructed its rank and file to make necessary arrangements to conduct the ballot. It hopes that the response would be against the proposal of the government. But then the big question that is haunting the party leaders is what if the result comes in favour of the proposal.

In fact, the party wants to utilise this issue and test the popularity of the government across the state and focus more in the constituencies where the TRS is strong. Party leaders feel that this attempt could be a double-edged weapon for the saffron party.

If the opinion is against the proposal, then it would give a boost to BJP but if it is otherwise, it could put them in dock. When asked about it, state president K Laxman said, “We have decided to seek the opinion of the people on Sunday let us see what comes out of it.”

BJP is opposed to reservations based on religion and we will fight it out inside and outside the Assembly.” The party leaders felt that Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao had given them an opportunity to question the government on Muslim reservations. This, he said, will not stand in any court of law.

The local BJP leaders would first explain to the people as to how the Muslim reservations would impact them and how the Chief Minister went back on promise like making a Dalit as chief minister and distribution of three acres of land to them.

The issue of 12 per cent reservations to Muslims would also be taken up during the party’s national executive to be held at Bhubaneswar on Saturday and Sunday, Laxman said.

BJLP leader G Kishan Reddy questioned the urgency of convening the special session of Assembly to pass the bill to increase the reservations for Muslims.

He said that the BJP MLAs would protest in Assembly. The Chief Minister seems to be reeling under sense of insecurity which is making him to come out with new announcements every now and then like free fertilisers to the farmers and reservations to Muslims, he said.

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