Kanpur: The political row over sub-quota for backward Muslims escalated on Friday with BJP alleging that the reservation promise was aimed at diverting focus from corruption and other problems.

"The Congress party, in order to divert focus from corruption and other real issues, has proposed a special quota for Muslims, which in turn will escalate the communal tension in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh," BJP National Vice President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said.

Naqvi said efforts should be made to eliminate backwardness of the Muslim community on social, economic and educational fronts.

The UPA government's decision to provide 4.5 percent reservation for minorities within the existing 27 percent OBC quota has drawn flak from Opposition parties which strongly criticized the move as a means to secure minority votes.

(Agencies)