Centre not serious in giving quota to Muslims: SP

Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav on Tuesday accused the Centre of not being serious in providing reservation to Muslims.

Updated: Nov 01, 2011, 19:10 PM IST

Lucknow: Accusing the Centre of not being
serious in providing reservation to Muslims, Samajwadi Party
leader Mulayam Singh Yadav on Tuesday demanded immediate
implementation of recommendations of the committees headed by
Rajendra Sachar and Rangnath Misra in this regard.

"The recommendations of these two committees should be
immediately implemented so that reservation could be given to
Muslims. We are in its favour and have been demanding the same
for a long time," Yadav told reporters here.

His comments came against the backdrop of Union Law
Minister Salman Khurshid stating that the Centre was studying
various models were being studied for providing quota within
quota for the community.

Yadav said he had raised in the Lok Sabha the matter of
reservation to Muslims, whose condition were pitiable, and had
also written a letter in this regard to the Prime Minister.

Alleging that the Congress was not serious on the issue,
Yadav said, "Our party has always tried to work for the
development of Muslim community. During our regime 14.5 per
cent Muslims were given jobs in police. The percentage has
come down to 1.5 in the present BSP regime."

Dismissing Khurshid`s comment as "chunavi rishvat"
(election bribery), SP leader Mohammad Azam Khan demanded
action against the minister for making the remark "with an eye
on the upcoming Assembly polls" in the state.

He said recommendations of both the committees should be
accepted in toto.

The Sachar committee has thrown light on the pitiable
social and economic condition of minorities and recommended
steps for uplift of Muslims, while the Misra panel has
suggested measures for the betterment of backward minority
Muslims - economically, socially and educationally.

Demand for reservation to Muslims is gaining momentum with
the elections approaching fast. Chief Minister Mayawati has
already written two letters to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
on the issue.