Muslim quota should be withdrawn: VHP

Varanasi: Speaking out against reservation for Muslims, the VHP has said it will launch a "peaceful" agitation if the central government`s decision to secure 4.5 per cent Muslim quota within the 27 per cent reservation for OBCs is not withdrawn.

"The hurried step of 4.5 per cent quota to Muslims in the 27 per cent OBC reservation by the central government was contrary to the constitution and was taken with an aim to destroy the democratic rights of the majority," VHP executive president Praveen Togadia alleged.

A nationwide agitation, the `Hindu Roti Bachao Andolan,` will be launched against the decision, he said addressing a press conference here on Tuesday.

The Congress-led UPA had thrown "fodder" in front of Muslims, he alleged, adding that the government has taken away the facilities of education, employment and bank loan from OBCs through this and also the rights of the most-backward classes.

This step may pave the way for religion-based reservation, which is not allowed in the constitution, he said.