Patna: Union Minister of State for Tourism
Sultan Ahmed on Thursday said that Muslims were not getting due
representation in the governments at Centre and the states and
minorities were being allocated ministerial berths "only for
the purpose of fulfilling quota".
"The Muslims are not being paid due attention for
ensuring their representation in the Central and state
governments. They are being allotted ministerial berths fill
up quota," Ahmed said while addressing a seminar on
"Challenges of Minorities" organised by a private TV channel.
"In the central and state governments, Muslims are
always being ignored as they are not being allocated the
lesser important portfolios," he said.
Ahmed, a Trinamool Congress (TC) leader of West
Bengal, also launched a direct attack on his party ally -
Congress saying "the same thing has been done in rule of the
grand old party".
He said TC had encouraged Muslims and raised their
confidence. It is evident from the fact out of 294 MLAs, 59
have been Muslims in West Bengal now, he said.