Kolkata: CPI-M on Sunday claimed that the
ruling Left Front government in West Bengal was the first to
implement recommendation of the Ranganath Mishra Commission.
"We were the first to declare ten per cent reservation
for Muslims in education and government jobs whereas
Congress-led UPA government and its ally Trinamool Congress
are silent on the implementation of the recommendations,"
senior CPI-M leader Md Selim told at a press conference here
"There was seven per cent reservation for Muslims and
we made it 17 per cent. On the basis of their economic and
social backwardness, we divided them into two parts," he said.
"Starting from land reforms upto education which led
to the increase of purchasing power of Muslims we have worked
hard for the overall development of Muslims," the CPI-M MP
"When the other states like Gujarat, Maharashtra and
Assam shied away from establishing Aligarh Muslim University,
it was West Bengal and Kerala who took the initiative of
developing the university campuses," Selim said.
"West Bengal State University at Barasat and Gourbanga
University at Malda have 20 per cent students are Muslims"