Both the houses of Telangana Legislature on Sunday passed a bill which increases the reservations for Scheduled Tribes and backward sections among the Muslim community in government jobs and educational institutions.
The Telangana Backward Classes, Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes (Reservation of Seats in Educational Institutions and of Appointments or Posts in the Services under the State) Bill, 2017 will be now sent for the President's assent, said Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao in Assembly.
Under the bill, quota for STs will be increased to 10 per cent from the existing 6 per cent, while that for BC-E category (the backward sections among the Muslim community) will go up to 12 per cent from the existing 4 per cent .
The total reservations in the state, consequently, will go up to 62 per cent from the existing 50 per cent.
Meanwhile, BJP staged protests in Hyderabad and elsewhere in Telangana against the passage of a bill by the state legislature.
All five BJP MLAs -- G Kishan Reddy, K Laxman, NVSS Prabhakar, Ch Ramachandra Reddy and T Raja Singh -- were suspended from the Assembly during the special session on Sunday.
BJP had opposed the bill, calling it anti-Constitutional as it sought to increase a religion-based quota while all other parties backed it.
Wearing black scarves, the MLAs walked to the Assembly from the Ambedkar statue near Hussain Sagar lake before the House proceedings began .
They shouted slogans in support of increasing quotas for Scheduled Tribes (also provided in the bill) but opposing reservations for Muslims.
After their suspension from the House, the BJP MLAs tried to stage a protest at the Gandhi statue on the Assembly premises, but police removed them from there, said BJP spokesperson Prakash Reddy.BJP workers who had planned to march to the Assembly were detained in various parts of the city, he claimed.
In Karimnagar, about a hundred BJP protesters were detained by the police.