Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi described the Presidential order of 1950 limiting Scheduled Caste status to Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists as ‘communal’. He demanded SC Status to Minorities but Government rejected the proposal straight away.
Owaisi questioned how could SC Status could be limited to just three religions. He dubbed it as violation of right to equality and discrimination against Muslims & Christians. The Majlis Head pointed out Rangnath Misra Commission recommending SC Status to be made religion-neutral.
Social Justice Minister Thavar Chand Gehlot made it clear Owaisi’s proposal can’t be accepted because dalits could only be Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists as per constitutional provisions. He also informed SC Status to Muslims and Christians would encurage religious coversions.