Hyderabad, Feb 15 (INN): TPCC Vice-President Mohammed Ali Shabbir’s 58th birthday was celebrated across Telangana, especially Hyderabad and Kamareddy, with fanfare on Sunday.
While senior leaders including TPCC President Ponnala Lakshmaiah, Leaders of the Opposition K Jana Reddy and D Srinivas wished Shabbir Ali on his birthway over phone, the District Congress presidents of Warangal, Karimnagar, Nalgonda, Ranga Reddy and Greater Hyderabad visited Shabbir Ali at his residence in Jubilee Hills. Several minority leaders including SETWIN Chairman Mohd Maqsood Ahmed, ex-Corporator Syed Wajid Hussain, Abdullah Sohail, Jabir Patel, Syed Nizamuddin, Javeed Siddiqui, Ateeq Siddiqui, Mohd Khaleeq-ur-Rahman, MA Faheem and others participated in the grand birthday celebrations in the city.
Shabbir Ali cut a specially baked birthday cake at his residence. Several groups of youngsters visited his house along with Hyderabadi Marfa and other bands. The celebrations were held from 7 am onwards till evening.
Hundreds of students, especially those got admissions under 4% Muslim quota, visited Shabbir Ali’s residence in different batches and wished him on his birthday. The Holy Quran and water coolers were distributed among students of different Madarsas on the occasion and rice bags were also distributed among poor people at his residence. Similarly, blood donation camps, distribution of fruits in hospitals and blankets marked Shabbir Ali’s birthday in Kamareddy.
Similar celebrations were held in other districts of Telangana. Shabbir Ali’s fans have erected banners, hoarding and cut-outs at prime locations, especially in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad, wishing the Congress leader on his birthday.
Addressing the fans and well-wishers, Shabbir Ali thanked them for the best wishes. He recalled the difficulties that he faced to start the country’s first minority welfare department in Andhra Pradesh Government in 1993 and the obstacles and criticism that he faced to get 4% reservation for Muslims in education and jobs. He said the seed of reservation which was sown in 2004 has now turned into a strong tree and so far, almost 5 lakh students have passed out from various colleges under 4% reservation. He announced that he would continue to work for the welfare of all sections of the society in Telangana.