Lucknow: With Uttar Pradesh assembly elections round the corner, the Congress is leaving no stone unturned in its endeavours to woo the Muslim vote bank in the state. Another major factor which prompts the move is that Congress has not been out of power in the state government a span of more than 21years and Muslims who were earlier a strong vote bank of the party have drifted their loyalties to other political outfits.

The party leadership has assured the Minority community to implement the recommendations of Sachar Committee report if it returns to power in the next assembly polls. It has also tried to entice the Muslims by assuring them maximum possible representation the upcoming assembly polls.

Lying thrust on the development issue, the party is talking about loan waiver to the weavers and increasing the number of Muslim dominated districts from 21 to 44. These districts are provided special fund from the Centre for their development.

All the parties are eyeing 23 districts of UP which have a Muslim population in excess of 5 lakh.

The Centre had allocated about Rs 3,000 crore to the state for the development of Muslim dominated districts. The Congress leaders blame the Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) government for misusing the fund. The Congress has also announced to increase the fund for scholarships for the Minority students.

It has promised for non inclusion of Islamia schools in the ambit of Right to Information Act. The party has ensured to remove legal restraint in setting up the minority schools and educational institutions on the waqf property and land as well as to keep minority status of Aligarh and Jamia Millia intact.

Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid assured the community of giving share to the backward among Muslims in the reservation list for backward castes on the pattern of the states like Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

The party also wants to bring the funds meant for minority welfare under the monitoring of Azad Foundation.

(JPN/Bureau)