New Delhi: Congress on Tuesday saw nothing wrong
in Union Minister Salman Khurshid`s assertion that the party
would provide nine per cent sub-quota for backward Muslims in
Uttar Pradesh if it was voted to power in the upcoming
assembly elections there.
"What Salman Khurshid has said is right. The party could
increase the sub quota for backward Muslims within the
existing OBC quota in UP in the event of its forming the
government in the state," party spokesperson Rashid Alvi said.
The Congress spokesperson`s statement is indicative of
the party`s plans to woo Muslim voters in the state, which
helped Congress win 22 seats in 2009 Lok Sabha elections.
Ahead of the UP assembly elections this time, the Centre
decided to provide a sub quota of 4.5 per cent for backward
Muslims within the 27 per cent OBC reservation in jobs and
central educational institutions.
The party has fielded a sizable number of Muslim
candidates in this election and is hoping to score big by
bringing together the votes of Muslims, extremely backward
castes, non-Jatav Dalits and upper castes.
Khurshid had promised this while addressing a poll
meeting in Farrukhabad assembly constituency from where his
wife Louise is contesting.
He had said more than eight castes such as Mansoori and
Qureshi would benefit from such a move.
The Law Minister had also reminded the voters that the
UPA government at the Centre had already taken a decision to
provide 4.5 per cent reservation for minorities within the
existing 27 per cent OBC quota.