Lucknow: Congress leader Digvijay Singh on Monday sought to dispel apprehension of members of the All India
Muslim Personal Law Board on issues related to inclusion of
their educational institutions under the Right To Education,
saying minority institutions would be kept out of RTE purview.
"The government has in principle agreed to keep minority
institutions out of the purview of RTE while discussions were
on regarding other issue related to the Direct Taxes Code Bill
though no decision has been taken," he told reporters here.
He made the comments when his attention was drawn to some
members of the AIMPLB expressing their views in media which
could go against the party in the Uttar Pradesh assembly
"Congress is ready for a dialogue if the issue is
connected with the religious belief or concerned with the
place of religious importance," he said referring to the Waqf
The Congress leader incharge of UP affairs lashed out at
the BJP over its agitation against what they termed
reservation on religious grounds saying that the sub-quota of
4.5 per cent within the OBC quota was not new but part of the
Mandal Commission recommendation which is already in force.
"When the UPA government found that only around one per
cent Muslims got its benefit in the past 22 years, it decided
on a sub-quota to do away with this injustice," Singh said,
adding that the same had also been promised in the election
manifesto of 2009.