The Congress seems to be playing Muslim card in sheer desperation to consolidate its vote bank as it has taken a U-turn from its earlier stand of distancing itself from Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid’s statement of providing nine percent sub-quota to backward Muslims that irked the Election Commission which dubbed the minister’s remark as violation of election code. The Congress first shunned Khursid’s proposition saying that the comment was made by him in capacity, but later the party embraced his remark of giving reservation to backwards of Muslims, that which vividly reflects how a national party is excelling others in playing communal politics. This is a sort of degradation of Indian political system when mainstream party appears indulging in appeasement politics on caste and creed line. The SP has also joined the Congress bandwagon promising 18 percent reservation to Muslims. Undoubtedly, the Congress is leaving no stone unturned to regain its glory in assembly elections in five states, especially in UP, but it is not expected that the party stoops so low to adopt divisive politics and start polarizing society on communal line.  First 4 percent and then 9 percent for reservation of Muslims, the Congress has however given its plea simply citing the recommendations of Sachar Committee and Ranganath Mishra commission as well as just repeating the manifesto of 2009. But it is known that this is mere a game plan of the Congress to influence voters.


The Congress has raked up the recommendations of Sachar Committee and Ranganath Mishra at the time of election fever catching up in five states, which is indeed intriguing and springs surprise, how is it the Congress seems ignorant to pathetic plight of Muslims since 2009. Had the UP election not become a prestige issue for the Congress, it would not have paid its heed to the backwardness of Muslim community. It is up to the Muslims whether they hail it as a political stunt, the Election Commission should take a tough stand as there is a bid to rig the elections by manipulating voters.