Minority sub-quota intensifies race among parties
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Last Updated: Monday, January 16, 2012, 17:20
  
New Delhi: The controversial issue of OBC sub-quota for minorities has intensified the race among political parties to woo the crucial Muslim vote in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh.

Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav has used the issue to target the Congress by claiming that the sub-quota is meant for minorities and not Muslims alone and was akin to backstabbing.

In a letter to Shahi Imam of Delhi's Jama Masjid Syed Ahmed Bukhari, Yadav said the UPA-led central government has cheated Muslims by setting up the Sachar Committee and Ranganath Mishra Commission but not implementing its recommendations.

"...I want to assure you that our party will, and has been, fighting on the issue with sincerity," he said. Yadav's letter is in response to a note sent by the Shahi Imam to the SP chief in which he had suggested means to "once again win back" the support of Muslims in the Assembly elections.

"You know the reason behind Muslims' angst towards SP in the last Lok Sabha polls...," Bukhari had written to Yadav last month.

"I have firm views on granting Muslims reservation in education and employment. Based on the reservation provided to them in Kerala and Andhra Pradesh, I will try to give them reservation to the extent nobody has provided so far as soon as my party comes to power," Yadav said.

He said he would consult legal experts, intellectuals and social organisations to provide reservation to Muslims. Out of the five poll-bound states, Muslim population is the maximum in Uttar Pradesh (around 18 per cent).

PTI


First Published: Monday, January 16, 2012, 17:20


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