Lucknow: In a bid to woo Muslim vote bank ahead of assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Samajwadi Party Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav assured Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid in Delhi Syed Ahmed Bukhari of extending maximum reservation for the Muslim community if voted to power.

In a letter to Bukhari, Yadav said a new commission would be instituted to assess the backwardness among Muslim community and also promised to stand with the community to fight against terror.

Yadav said the UPA-led central government has cheated Muslims by setting up the Sachar Committee and Ranganath Mishra Commission but not implementing its recommendations.

"I want to assure you that our party will, and has been, fighting on the issue with sincerity," he said.

"I have firm views on granting Muslims reservation in education and employment. I will try to give them reservation to the extent nobody has imagined as soon as my party comes to power," Yadav said.

He said he would consult legal experts, intellectuals and social organisations to provide reservation to Muslims.

(JPN/ Buresu)