‘Sub-quota for Muslims to be part of Cong manifesto`

Khurshid said the party manifesto will include the demand to provide reservation to backward Muslims but did not elaborate.

Farukhabad: The issue of providing
reservation to backward Muslims is likely to form a part of
the Congress manifesto to be released on January 29, Union Law
Minister Salman Khurshid said on Monday.

He said before the release of the manifesto for Uttar
Pradesh, a vision document of the party will be unveiled in
major towns of the state on Republic Day.

Khurshid said the party manifesto will include the demand
to provide reservation to backward Muslims but did not
elaborate.

The Law minister, while campaigning for his wife Louise in
Farrukhabad, had recently promised granting nine per cent
sub-quota for backward Muslims in the state if voted to power.

Khurshid had said that his party it would enhance the
sub-quota to Muslims to 9 per cent within the 27 per cent
quota for Other Backward Classes (OBCs), prompting the
Election Commission to issue a show-cause notice to him.

However, strongly defending his remarks promising job
quotas for minorities, Khurshid had told the EC that he had
only made a declaration of intent and not a policy
announcement.

Asked to comment on the EC action, Khurshid today rued
that though he was issued notice, the Commission did not take
cognisance of SP manifesto in which a lot of promises have
been made.

PTI

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