Digvijay surprised at Akhilesh remarks on Muslim quota

Digvijay Singh expressed surprise at Akhilesh Yadav`s statement of extending support if the Centre gives 18 per cent quota to Muslims.

Lucknow: Congress general secretary Digvijay
Singh on Monday expressed surprise at Samajwadi Party state
President Akhilesh Yadav`s statement of extending support if
the Centre gives 18 per cent quota to Muslims saying it was
well known that reservation cannot exceed 50 per cent.

"I read a statement of Akhilesh Yadav wherein he has
said that the SP was ready to extend support if Congress
government gives 18 per cent reservation to Muslims," Digvijay
told reporters.

"I would have not been surprised if Mulayam Singh Yadav
had given such a statement, but this coming from a well
educated person like Akhilesh is surprising," he added.

He said that SP leaders knew that reservation cannot
exceed 50 per cent as there was a Supreme Court capping on it.

"For this constitutional amendment is needed and neither
Congress nor SP has absolute majority," he said.

The Congress leader said that when the party was in power
in Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, quota was given to
the minorities, but not on religious grounds.

"When the party came to power in 2004, Sachar committee
was constituted to examine the social status of Muslims, which
recommended a quota within quota," he said.

He said that in 2009 Lok Sabha elections, the party in
its manifesto promised quota to minorities and fulfilled it.

"As far as Mulayam Singh is concerned he never made any
mention of this nor took any action in this direction," he

The Congress leader accused the SP supremo of making
false promises. "In 1996 Mulayam said he will abolish sales
tax, but trade tax was introduced in its place. Without the
consent of the centre or constitutional amendment, he included
several OBC castes into SC/ST due to which problems were
faced," he alleged.

Digvijay said, "Mulayam Singh Yadav`s record is not
clear. He keeps ideology aside for power politics".

He alleged that Mulayam never gives any statement against
the BJP and has kept all the doors open.

He also attacked Varun Gandhi for his statement of SP
emerging as the single largest party in UP elections.

"Varun Gandhi`s statement of SP being the single
largest party and BJP out of race is a sattire on his own
party," he alleged.

Digvijay demanded that after Lokayukta report a probe
by ED and CBI should be conducted into assets of cabinet
minister Naseemuddin Siddiqui and a case should be lodged
under Prevention of Corruption Act.

"Mayawati has removed 21 ministers but all ministries
were given to Naseemuddin Siddiqui. The CM must tell whether
she would remove Siddiqui like Babu Singh Kushwaha," he said.

He said that if Congress forms the government in the
state action would be taken against ministers, officers and
traders indulging into corruption.

He also demanded that CBI inquiry should be conducted in
all deaths related to NRHM.