After removing the four percent OBC reservation for Muslims in Karnataka, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday hit out at the Congress, saying there was no provision in the Constitution to provide reservation on the basis of religion.
In a cabinet meeting held on Friday, the Karnataka government scrapped the four percent OBC reservation for Muslims and gave it to the two dominant communities, Veerashaiva-Lingayats and Vokkaligas.
It also decided to shift OBC Muslims to the 10 percent Economically Weaker Section (EWS) category.
Shah inaugurated ‘Garota Shaheed Smarak’ and Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel Memorial. He also hoisted a 103 feet tall national flag in Karnataka.
Addressing a public meeting in Karnataka where the vote was held, Shah said, “The reservations given to the minority were not in accordance with the Constitution. There is no provision in the Constitution to provide reservations on the basis of religion.”
“The Congress government, due to its polarizing policy, gave reservation to the minority. The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) scrapped this reservation and gave reservations to the Vokkaliga and Lingayat communities,” Shah added.
Attacking the polarized politics of the Congress, Shah said that in the greed of the vote bank, the Congress never remembered the martyrs of independence and “Hyderabad mukti”.
“Due to Congress’ politics of polarization, in greed for the vote bank, they never reminded the people who sacrificed for independence and ‘Hyderabad mukti’,” Shah said.
“Had Sardar Patel not been there, Hyderabad would never have achieved independence. Even Bidar would not have achieved independence,” added Amit Shah.
Shah also highlighted the sacrifice of the people of Gorata village who were allegedly killed by the cruel Nizam’s army for hosting a 2.5 feet tall tricolor and said, “In this Gorata village, hundreds of people were killed by the cruel Nizam’s army. for hoisting a mere 2.5 feet tall tricolor.
Today I am proud to say that on the same plot we have raised a 103 feet tall tricolor which cannot be hidden from anyone”.
Inaugurating a 20-feet tall statue of Sardar Patel and Garot Shaheed Smarak in memory of the immortal martyrs, Shah said the statue was symbolic of the significant role played by the country’s first home minister.
“A memorial to these immortal martyrs has been erected on the same plot. This 20-feet tall statue of Sardar Patel is a symbol of the important role played by our first home minister in driving out the Nizams from Hyderabad. Therefore, this area, this Bidar could become a part of India,” he said Shah.