Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Are communists opposing muslim reservations

Committed to quota: Congress

"The Congress believes in affirmative action for all religious and linguistic minorities. The Congress has provided for reservation for Muslims in Kerala and Karnataka in government employment on the grounds that they are a socially and educationally backward class. The Congress is committed to adopting this policy for socially and educationally backward sections among Muslims and other religious minorities on a national scale," the party manifesto for the 2004 Lok Sabha elections said.

Reading out a paragraph from it, party spokesperson Chaturvedi said the Congress would have been at liberty to deal with the issue had the party come to power on its own strength.

Congress would have implemented muslim reservations if not for communists. The communists always oppose progress, Chaturvedi laments.

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