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BJP seeks to strengthen its base in Telangana

Plans to base strategy on opposing KCR’s move to increase Muslim quota to 12 per cent

Hyderabad: The Bharatiya Janata Party, yearning to strengthen itself in Telangana, seems to have to found a potent issue in the state government’s move to increase reservation quota for backward sections of Muslims to 12 per cent.

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has announced that the bill for 12 per cent reservations for Muslims and Scheduled Tribes will be tabled in the current budget session of the state legislature.

In the first indication of how the BJP intends to fight back against the move came from the trouble in Jagtial town of Karimnagar district where BJP workers stormed a guesthouse where members of the state Backward Classes Commission were meeting the representatives of various sections on the issue of Muslim reservation.

The members of the commission are visiting districts to study the educational and economic backwardness of Muslims. BJP workers shouted slogans against the BC commission and the chief minister and disrupted the proceedings. Later police dispersed the protesters.

“This is nothing but vote bank politics of KCR,” said Bandi Sanjay, a district BJP leader.

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