Give 10% reservation to Muslims: Ram Vilas Paswan

By Manzar Bilal,,

Patna: “If Bihar government is really serious to solve the problems of Muslims as it propagates, it must give 10% reservation to Muslims in jobs and educational institutions on the pattern of minority quota system in states like Kerala, Karnatka,Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pardesh” said Lok Janshakti Party chief Mr. Ram Vilas Paswan.

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He was speaking at a conference held by LJP state minority cell at Shri Krishn Memorial Hall in Patna, Bihar.

“Muslims and Dalits are sailing in the same boat. As Dalits are facing problems in every field of life, Muslims also have been deprived of their actual rights. There is no confusion about sorry condition of Muslims after Sachar Committee Report revealed all the ground reality” he added.

Thousands of LJP workers from across the state attended the program. Shri Krishn Memorial Hall was full of LJP workers and common citizens. Both national and state level LJP leaders were present there.

“We are demanding the central government to table the Ranganath Mishra Commission Report in Parliament as soon as possible. LJP is making efforts in this regard at its level best” said Mr. Paswan.

“According to article 341 Dalit Muslims and Dalit Christians also deserve reservation and it is necessary to solve their social, educational and financial backwardness for the cause of a developed country” he added.

Criticizing Bihar government he said that it is a matter of concern that the government returned centeral funds for the welfare of minority communities, which has shown its seriousness about Minority especially Muslims’ problems.

He alleged that though Nitish Kumar claims to be a secular leader but reality is that his government is working on the instruction of Sangh Parivar. “No sooner the Lok sabha elections processes came to an end in the state than Nitish Kumar hugged Gujarat chief minister Mr. Narendra Modi in Haryana. Where was his secularism when he was hugging a communalist?” asked Mr. Paswan.

Addressing the gathering senior LJP leader Mr.Ahmed Ashfaq Kareem said that according to Sacher Committee Report Muslims’ condition is worse than Dalits. Therefore, Muslims should be given share in 125 LS seats which are reserved for Dalits. He also demanded that government budgets should be published in Urdu also as in Hindi and English.

President of state LJP Minority cell, Dr. Shahnavaz Kaifi demanded the government to make Liberhan Commission Report public and to implement Sacher as well as Ranganath Mishra Commission Report without further delay. He also emphasized on a separate quota to Muslim women in Women Reservation Bill.

Others who addressed the program included national president of LJP Minority cell, Afzal Abbas, Member of Parliament, Mr. Sabir Ali, national LJP general secretary, Abdul Khaliq, Ram Chander Paswan and Suraj Bhan Singh.