Kolkata: Trinamool Congress chief Mamata
Banerjee on Monday alleged that West Bengal Chief Minister
Buddhadeb Bhattacherjee`s claim that his government would
complete identification of one crore Muslims for reservation
in government jobs by June was an attempt to "cheat" them.
"By making such a promise there has been attempt to
cheat the people." Banerjee said.
She said Muslims constituted 26 per cent of the
state`s total population of eight crore, she said that during
34 years of Left Front rule the state government had failed to
provide even one per cent government jobs to Muslims.
"Every time election comes around they make such false
promises. This is nothing new. Even the Sachar Committee
report has highlighted the plight of Muslims in Bengal," she
told an election meeting for the May 30 Kolkata Municipal
She said though the state government had declared
early this year that 10 per cent of the state government jobs
will be reserved for the poor Muslims belonging to other
backward classes, no law had been passed yet in the assembly.
She said, "There is already seven per cent reservation
for OBCs in the state."
Banerjee said within four months of assumption of
office as Railway minister she had announced that railway
recruitment examination could be given in Urdu.
She said that Railways had also removed the filling of
postal orders along with railway recruitment forms for
minority community women and economically backward classes.