Farrukhabad: Before Uttar Pradesh goes to Assembly polls next year, the Centre is all set to introduce a bill in the winter session of the Parliament to prevent criminals from contesting elections. The Central government is also planning to propose a bill for reservation for backward Muslims.

During the Eid Milan function, Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid said that an Act will soon come up to prevent criminals from contesting elections.

“The Congress has declared to give 27 percent reservation to backward minorities and soon a bill will be tabled in this regard,” he said.

He further said that Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal had submitted an affidavit in the High Court to maintain the minority status of Jamia Millia Islamia University.

“Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee is also in favour of maintaining the minority status for the University,” said Khurshid.

Taking about the Communal Violence Bill, he said, “People are against the bill because they think it will favour one community whereas it will support the several weaker sections.”

Coming down to Right to Recall Bill, Khurshid said it was a double edged sword and will speak with the Election Commission in this regard.

JPN/Bureau