Mayawati`s letter to PM a political gimmick: Azam
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Last Updated: Monday, September 19, 2011, 22:15
Lucknow: Samajwadi Party leader Mohammad Azam Khan on Monday took potshots at Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati saying her letter to the Prime Minister demanding reservation to Muslims was an "insult" to the community and just a political gimmick ahead of the 2012 Assembly polls.

"Mayawati government is not serious about the problems being faced by Muslims. The letter written by her ahead of Assembly polls is just a political gimmick," he told reporters.

Citing Sachar Committee recommendations, he said, "While Kerala and Andhra Pradesh have provided reservation, nothing was done in Uttar Pradesh. Taking up the issue now means insulting and befooling Muslims for their votes."

Anti-Muslim approach of BSP government could be gauged from the fact that it had failed to provide letter of authorisation to Maulana Mohammad Ali Jauhar University so that it could start admissions, he alleged.

"Fifty-eight cases are lodged against me for fighting for the varsity on lines of Aligarh Muslim University," Khan claimed, adding, an Arabic-Persian varsity has been opened in the current regime but it was not named after Arabic or Persian scholar but late BSP leader Kanshi Ram.

"I respect late Kanshi Ram ... but after his death I have come to know that he was an Arabic scholar," he said.

While 14.6 per cent Muslims were recruited in police in Mulayam Singh Yadav's rule, one or two persons got placement in the force in the present regime, he said.

Mayawati wrote a letter to the prime minister on September 17 asking for constitutional amendment to provide reservation to Muslims in government jobs and educational institutions.


First Published: Monday, September 19, 2011, 22:15

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