Nearly one lakh Muslims are expected to take part in ‘Fill Jails’ agitation’ on January 28 in Chennai and other parts of the State to press for seven per cent reservation for the minority community.
The Tamil Nadu Thowheedh Jamath is organising the demonstration. A resolution to go on protest was adopted at a consultative meeting of the outfit on Sunday. The meeting was chaired by district president of the Jamath, S K Nizamuddin.
He said the Central government had promised separate reservation for Muslims in 2004 and had set up four commissions, but none of the recommendations of the panels had been implemented. For instance, the Justice Ranganath Misra Commission had suggested 10 per cent reservation in education and jobs, but it remained only on paper.
He further said the agitation would be held in Tirunelveli, Coimbatore and Tiruchy. Around 20 lakh Muslims,including 10 lakh women, were expected to participate in them, he added.
The meeting while condemning the US government for ill treating the Indian diplomat in the Devyani case, urged the government of India to act swiftly against such insults meted out to the diplomats.