New Delhi: In a measure to boost vote bank in the backdrop of assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, the Central dispensation is all set to introduce seven to eight percent quota for the Muslim community.

Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh in a meeting conducted by the Minority Association of Educational Institution said the consensus for the reservation of Muslim community in the existing 27 percent quota for backwards is under progress.

“Reservation cannot be given on the basis of religion but considering the social and economic backwardness of minorities, a decision to introduce seven to eight percent quota for Muslims will be soon taken,” said Singh.

The Congress leader further said, “The report prepared by the Sachar Committee clearly indicates that the condition of Muslims is even worse than Scheduled Castes (SC).  Therefore, an initiative will be taken for the upliftment of the community soon”.

The Congress has constantly drawn flak for its negligent attitude towards Muslims which was witnessed during a meeting on ‘UPA and Minorities: Myths, Priorities and Proposals’.
Members of the Muslim community attacked the Central government for their failure to improve the living standard of minorities in the country. 

The meeting conducted by the Minority Association of Educational Institution blamed UPA-2 for the poor condition of Muslims.  The president of the association, Liaquat Ali, condemned the Congress for not taking cognizance of the recommendations made by the Sachar Committee and sought reservation for the Muslims at the earliest.

JPN/Bureau