Kolkata Muslim

1. Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma praised Kolkata High Court’s ruling against TMC’s Muslim reservation policy.
2. He deemed the judgment as evidence of the INDI alliance’s disrespect for the constitution.
3. Sarma highlighted the ruling’s significant setback for both the INDI alliance and the TMC.

Kolkata, May 23: Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma applauded the Kolkata High Court’s ruling, invalidating the Trinamool Congress (TMC) government’s Muslim reservation policy.

Sarma hailed the judgment as another proof of the INDI alliance’s insult to the constitution, dealing a significant blow to both the INDI alliance and the Trinamool Congress (TMC).

Expressing his support for the court’s decision, Sarma criticized religious-based reservations, stating they pose a threat to marginalized communities like backward classes, Dalits, and tribal populations.

He condemned what he perceived as vote bank politics by the TMC, Congress, and their allies, likening their principles to those of Mohammad Ali Jinnah, Pakistan’s founder.

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Asserting the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) stance against religious-based reservations, Sarma pledged to uphold the secular ideals enshrined in the Indian Constitution.

He rallied public support, declaring that the people would deliver a powerful message to these “arrogant parties” in forthcoming elections.

The Kolkata High Court’s judgment dealt a significant blow to the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) amid ongoing general elections. The court invalidated Other Backward Classes (OBCs) certificates awarded to 77 communities since 2010, mostly Muslim, calling the process illegal.

However, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee refused to accept the judgment, while Union Home Minister Amit Shah accused the Bengal government of appeasement. Approximately 500,000 people are expected to be affected by the verdict.

The court’s bench remarked that selecting 77 classes of Muslims as Backward was an affront to the Muslim community, suggesting they were treated as a political commodity.

Furthermore, the judgment highlighted concerns that such reservations could undermine democratic principles and the Indian Constitution.

The decision also struck down key sections of a 2012 law subclassifying the OBC pool. Of the 77 communities affected, 42 were designated for OBC status by the former Left Front government in 2010, with the remainder added by the TMC government in 2012.