Gujjar Muslim from J&K nominated to Rajya Sabha

NEW DELHI — Gulam Ali, a Gujjar Muslim from Jammu and Kashmir, was on Saturday nominated to Rajya Sabha by the government.

This is perhaps for the first time a Gujjar Muslim from the region has been sent to the Upper House as a nominated member.

“In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-clause (a) of clause (I) of article 80 of the Constitution of India, read with clause (3) of that article, the President is pleased to nominate Shri Gulam Ali to the Council of States to fill the vacancy caused due to the retirement of one of the nominated members,” a notification issued by the Union Home Ministry said.

Ali’s nomination is considered to be significant as before the abrogation of Article 370, the community had little representation in legislative bodies. — (PTI)