Recently, Home Minister Amit Shah said in a rally that if the BJP government is formed in Telangana, the reservation given to Muslims in the state will be abolished. In his address, he claimed that Muslim reservation in education and jobs is anti-constitutional.
A user named Hamid Al-Ali tweeted in Arabic that- “I ask God to make you die, O Amit, and sooner. The Indian Home Minister pledges during an electoral conference to drop the rights of Muslims if the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party wins the elections” (English Translation)
This tweet is having more than 6k retweets and 200 likes.
It may be noted that in the year 2017, the TRS government of Telangana had made a provision of 4 percent reservation for Muslims, while in Karnataka, under the recommendations of Mandal Commission in the year 1994, some castes of Muslims were given a sub-category in the category of Other Backward Castes (OBC). Category was included and under this, Muslims were given four percent reservation on the basis of ‘social and educational backwardness’.
To verify the above viral claim of Hamid al-Ali, the DFRAC team did a few keyword searches on Google. We found several media reports on Amit Shah’s statement regarding Muslim reservation.
According to the report of the newspaper Jansatta, elections are going to be held in Telangana by the end of this year. Recently, Amit Shah said during a rally in Telangana that if the BJP government is formed, like in Karnataka, Muslim reservation will be abolished there as well.
Similarly, ABP News has also published a report. According to this report, Amit Shah termed Muslim reservation as unconstitutional and said that this right belongs to the SC-ST and OBCs of Telangana, which they will get.
We did not find anywhere in Amit Shah’s statement and media reports about ending the rights of Muslims, even Hamid Al-Ali used the picture of Amit Shah in his tweet from the tweet of Al-Jazeera Arabic, In that too, there has been talk of Muslim reservation and not of Muslim rights.
In Arabic, the words for reservation are “mukhassisa”, “hajj”, etc. and “huquk” means right, which is the plural of “haq”. Hamid al-Ali has used “Hukuk” in his tweet.
It is clear from this fact check by DFRAC team that Hamid Al-Ali’s claim is misleading, as Amit Shah talked about ending Muslim reservation and not Muslim rights.