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 Demand SC quota in AMU, Jamia : Yogi Adityanath

By Rajiv Shukla
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath told pro-dalit elements to demand reservation for dalits in Aligarh Muslim University and Jamia Milia Islamia University.

Speaking on June 24 at an event in Chibramau, Kannauj to mark the 10th death anniversary of former cooperative minister Ram Prakash Tripathi, Yogi lit the fuse of a time bomb that would most likely explode close to parliamentary elections.

Accusing the two central funded institutions -- AMU and Jamia -- of being anti-dalit, he said if Banaras Hindu University (BHU) could give reservation for dalit and backward students, why not the AMU and Jamia Milia.

“Those who speak about dalit welfare and malign the BJP are silent? Why don’t they raise this discrimination,” he said. “The opposition parties label the BJP as anti-dalit. In reality there is nothing as such,” he added.

The fact is that AMU is not a minority institution and so is the case with Jamia Millia, Delhi -- and both are cent percent funded by the Central government. This naturally debars them from seeking protection under Articles 29 and 30 of the constitution. Legally they cannot deny reservation for SC/ST and OBCs. The AMU has lost two landmark case Azeez Basha & others vs Union of India delivered on 20 October 1967 and Dr Naresh Agarwal Vs. Union of India and Others and both of them deny minority status to AMU.

The NDA government which came to power in 2014 had, from the very beginning, made its intention clear about AMU's status. It said it stood by the 2005 Allahabad High Court judgement, a decision that AMU and the previous UPA government had appealed against in the Supreme Court.

Consequently, on July 6, 2017 the Central government formally withdrew its appeal in the Supreme Court against the Allahabad High Court judgement striking down minority status to Aligarh Muslim University. The government's July 6, 2017 affidavit sought to withdraw the Civil Appeal 2286 of 2016 in Aligarh Muslim University vs Naresh Agarwal & others case.


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