Minority sub-quota intensifies race among parties

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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