Muslim leaders from the Sunni Ulma Board on Sunday stated that Karnataka’s deputy chief minister’s put up must be allotted to one of many profitable candidates from their neighborhood. They’ve additionally demanded that 5 Muslim MLAs have to be made ministers with good portfolios like Residence, Income, Well being and different departments.
“We already stated earlier than the elections that the deputy chief minister must be a Muslim and that 30 seats be given to us… We bought 15, and 9 Muslim candidates have gained. In about 72 constituencies, the Congress gained purely due to the Muslims. We, as a neighborhood, have given lots to the Congress. Now it is time we get one thing in return. We wish a Muslim deputy chief minister and 5 ministers with good portfolios like Residence, Income, and Training. It is the accountability of the Congress to thank us with this. We held an emergency assembly within the Sunni Ulma board workplace to make sure all these are carried out, » Waqf Board chairman Shafi Sadi stated.
Nonetheless, he stated it’s irrelevant which of the 9 candidates is chosen for these positions.
“That will likely be determined by the Congress based mostly on who has labored properly and is an efficient candidate. Many Muslim candidates have additionally visited different constituencies and canvassed there, guaranteeing Hindu-Muslim unity, typically leaving their constituency behind. So that they have a key position within the Congress’s victory. They need to have a great Deputy CM from the Muslim neighborhood. It’s their accountability,” Sadi added.
The leaders reaffirmed that that they had made this demand earlier than the elections. “It should occur for certain. It was our demand earlier than the elections itself. It have to be fulfilled. We’re solely asking for a Deputy CM to be the Muslim. Ideally, it must be a Muslim CM as a result of Karnataka has by no means had one in its historical past, and 90 lakh folks within the state are Muslims. We’re the biggest minority neighborhood other than the SCs. We did not get the 30+ seats we wished. However we at the least need 5 Muslim ministers like throughout SM Krishna’s interval and now a Deputy CM. That is what we would like,” he stated.
In the meantime, the consolidation of Muslim votes, which make up almost 13 per cent of the state’s citizens, appears to have labored in favour of the Congress. The social gathering has promised to revive a 4 per cent quota for Muslims, which the erstwhile BJP authorities scrapped. The Congress handed over tickets to fifteen Muslim candidates and 9 of them emerged victorious.