‘Eye on polls, Cong talks of Muslim reservation’
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Last Updated: Wednesday, December 14, 2011, 20:09
New Delhi: Questioning Congress for raising the issue of reservation for Muslims just ahead of assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav on Wednesday said the ruling party at the Centre has provided very little reservation to the minority community in the state when it was in power.

He also said that while his party has nothing to do with Anna Hazare's movement against corruption, the activist was free to visit any part of Uttar Pradesh. His comments came in the backdrop of his bete noire and Union minister Beni Prasad Verma daring Team Anna to visit the state.

The former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister said his son Akhilesh's 'kranti rath' campaign in the state should not be compared with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's tour of various parts of the state in the run up to the assembly elections.

"Congress is raising the issue of Muslim reservation at the time of (UP assembly) elections...reservation in what form. Let us first find out then I will offer my comments," Yadav said during a 'meet the press' programme organised by Press Club of India.

He said even without reservation, his government had provided 15 per cent jobs to Muslims, considered SP's vote bank, in state police recruitment.

"When BSP and Congress were in power (in UP), they could only provide two per cent reservation to Muslims in police jobs," he said.

Minority Affairs minister Salman Khurshid had recently said that the government would soon take a decision on providing reservation for "backward Muslims" by including them in the 27 per cent OBC quota and a proposal in this regard would soon come up before Cabinet.


First Published: Wednesday, December 14, 2011, 20:09

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