UP polls: RLD eyes Muslim votes; 8% quota in jobs
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UP polls: RLD eyes Muslim votes; 8% quota in jobs
Last Updated: Monday, January 02, 2012, 21:16
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New Delhi: Rashtriya Lok Dal, which recently became part of UPA, on Monday joined the race to woo Muslims promising eight per cent reservation to them in government jobs if voted to power in Uttar Pradesh.

RLD chief and Union Minister Ajit Singh said Muslims accounted for 17-18 per cent of the state's population and according to Mandal Commission recommendations almost half of the backward and minority population should get reservation in government jobs.

"The Union government has announced the proposal for 4.5 per cent reservation for backward Muslims in central government jobs... I believe Muslims in UP should get around eight per cent reservation," he said.

"Almost 70 per cent Muslims in UP fall into the category of backward groups. We are waiting for caste-based census to decide the actual numbers. But established formula as per Mandal Commission is to give reservation to half of the backward population, which for UP should be around eight per cent," Singh said.

He was interacting with reporters on the sidelines of former BSP MLA Hazi Yakub Quraishi joining RLD.

A former Minister in Mayawati's government, Quraishi joined RLD along with his supporters.

In 2006, when he was a minister in Mulayam Singh governmemnt, Quraishi had announced a Rs 51 crore reward on the head of a Danish cartoonist who had allegedly made a caricature of prophet Mohammad.

Asked whether the alliance is only to woo Muslims and minorities, Singh said, "This development will help us overthrow Mayawati's rule in the state. We are eyeing all sections of society to overthrow the present government and minorities are an important segment."

Terming the BSP rule in UP as the most corrupt government in the country, Singh said, "If Anna Hazare is looking forward to organizing anti-corruption campaigns, he should come to UP.

He should focus his attention on Mayawati government." He declined to comment on the number of seats his party will contest in the state.

"We will decided on these things in future," he said.


First Published: Monday, January 02, 2012, 21:16



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