KOZHIKODE: Leaders of major Muslim organizations including IUML, EK and Sunni factions of Kanthapuram, Muslim Educational Society (MES) and Jamaat-e-Islami jointly wrote a letter to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan , urging him to explore legal possibilities against the High Court order that overturned the 80:20 ratio in awarding scholarships to minorities.
They also called on Pinarayi to restore 100% of benefits to Muslims according to the Sachar Commission report, take legal action against those who spread community messages on social media, and publish a white paper on the benefits of which benefit the different communities of Kerala.
Signatories include IUML President Panakkad Syed Hyder Ali Shihab Thangal, President Samastha Kerala Jam-Iyyathul Ulema Syed Muhammad Jiffiri Muthukoya Thangal, Secretary General of All India Sunni Jam-Iyyathul Ulema Kanthapuram AP Aboobacker Musaliar, President of MES Fazal Gafoor and Jamaat-e- Islami Kerala amir MI Abdul Azees.
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The letter also called for government intervention to bring out the truth in the social media campaign that rupee crores are being spent to provide salaries to teachers at the madrasa. Executives wanted legal action against those who posted community messages on social media.
The letter urged the government to ensure that the Muslim minority receives all deserving benefits, including reservation in all sectors. “The High Court order of May 28 on the scholarship for minorities has caused great concern among the Muslim community.
The central government had instructed Judge Rajinder Singh Sachar to study and submit recommendations to advance the Muslim community, which has fallen considerably behind in education and finance, ”the letter said.
Detailing how the 80:20 ratio came about, the letter says the allowance deprived the community of 20% of the benefits.
“The High Court’s order had the effect of spreading on social media the message that Muslims have received more than they deserve and thus created large-scale unrest in society,” the letter said.
Thodiyur Kunhimuhammad Moulavi, Secretary General of Dakshina Kerala Jam-Iyyathul Ulema, TP Abdulla Koya Madani, President, Kerala Nadvathul Mujahideen (KNM), CP Umar Sullamu, Secretary General, KNM (Markazudawa), TK Ashraf, Secretary General, Wisdom Islamic Organization, In Najeeb Moulavi, Kerala Samsthana Jam-Iyyathul Ulema and others signed the letter.
Meanwhile, the Muslim Youth League staged a protest outside the office of the Minorities’ Development Finance Corporation calling on the government to appeal the High Court’s order. MYL said the LDF cleverly used the communal agenda set out by the Sangh Parivar to create a divide between minority communities.
CPM exploring various options
Even though demands have come from various corners to file an appeal against the High Court order overturning the 80:20 division of merit and means scholarships for minority communities, the PMO has followed a cautious path.
The Left Front and the CPM explored various options. Since there are different opinions coming up, the party will hold detailed discussions before taking a final call. There are opinions coming from within the left that the government should appeal.
However, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the other day that the government would take an appeal after studying the verdict in detail.
“The verdict and its implications must be studied. The party believes that the real deserves should not lose an opportunity. It was also pointed out that under the law there is no possibility of appeal. This also needs to be checked, ”a left-wing source said.