Sunni Ulma Board Muslim leaders have urged that the position of Karnataka's deputy chief minister be granted to deserving members of their community.
Additionally, they have pushed for the appointment of five Muslim MLAs as ministers overseeing reputable agencies like the Home, Revenue, Health, and others.
“We already said before the elections that the deputy chief minister should be a Muslim and that 30 seats be given to us... We got 15, and nine Muslim candidates have won. In about 72 constituencies, the Congress won purely because of the Muslims. We, as a community, have given a lot to the Congress. Now it's time we get something in return. We want a Muslim deputy chief minister and five ministers with good portfolios like Home, Revenue, and Education. It's the responsibility of the Congress to thank us with this. We held an emergency meeting in the Sunni Ulma board office to ensure all these are implemented," W qf Board chairman Shafi Sadi said.
“That will be decided by the Congress based on who has worked well and is a good candidate. Many Muslim candidates have also visited other constituencies and canvassed there, ensuring Hindu-Muslim unity, sometimes leaving their constituency behind. So they have a key role in the Congress's victory. They have to have an ideal Deputy CM from the Muslim community. It is their responsibility,” Sadi added.
The leaders restated their former demand, which they had expressed before the elections. "It must definitely occur. We demanded it prior to the actual elections. It has to be accomplished. We just demand that the Muslim deputy chief minister. Given that Karnataka has never had a Muslim chief minister and that 90 lakh residents of the state identify as Muslims, the ideal candidate would be one. Aside from SCs, we are the largest minority group. The 30+ seats we requested weren't available. But we do want five Muslim ministers at the very least, as there are now and during the time of SM Krishna. We want it, he declared.