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Mamata govt promoting Muslim League's agenda: BJP president JP Nadda after Calcutta HC's 'OBC quota' verdict
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Mamata govt promoting Muslim League's agenda: BJP president JP Nadda after Calcutta HC's 'OBC quota' verdict

| @indiablooms | 23 May 2024, 01:04 pm

New Delhi/IBNS: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national president Jagat Prakash Nadda has accused the Trinamool Congress government in West Bengal of appeasement politics and promoting Muslim League's agenda, weaponising the Calcutta High Court's order scrapping OBC certificates issued after 2010.

Nadda posted on X, "The Calcutta High Court has struck down the OBC reservation given to Muslims under the OBC quota subcategory.

"The High Court has also cancelled the OBC certificates issued to Muslims in West Bengal from 2010 to 2024. Both these decisions show how Mamata Banerjee's government was unconstitutionally pursuing appeasement or we can say promoting the agenda of Muslim League."

The court struck down a reservation for several communities as Other Backward Classes under a new law of the state government passed in 2012.

The verdict was given by a division bench comprising Justice Tapabrata Chakraborty and Rajasekhar Mantha.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Wednesday said she "will not accept" the order, which will "take away the rights granted to the Tapashili community".

"PM Modi had claimed that Muslims after winning will cancel the reservations for Tapashilis. It was a divisive agenda again. And this is what they got the court to do today. I respect the courts.

"But I do not accept the judgment that says Muslims should be kept out of OBC reservation. OBC reservations will continue. We will go to a higher court if need be," Mamata said.

The OBC reservation quota introduced by the West Bengal government will continue, the Chief Minister said.

"We had drafted the Bill after conducting a house-to-house survey, and it was passed by the cabinet and the assembly... The BJP has conspired to stall it but they lost in court," she added.

Hitting out at specific judges of the High Court without naming, the Chief Minister said, "One judge is saying, 'I am an RSS person', another one joins the BJP… How can you be a judge this way and preside over courts?"

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