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UP adopts resolution on quota for Muslim, Christian Dalits

December 06, 2006 03:18 IST

Amidst protests by the Bharatiya Janata Party and in the absence of the entire opposition, Uttar Pradesh assembly on Tuesday adopted a government resolution seeking a Constitutional amendment to pave the way for inclusion of Muslim and Christian Dalits in the Scheduled Caste category to give them the benefit of reservations.

BJP members vehemently opposed the resolution, alleging that it reflected "appeasement of Muslims and was aimed at gaining political mileage ahead of the next assembly polls."

BJP member Hukum Singh said the Samajwadi Party government was "perturbed by the shift of Muslim votes" and wanted to portray itself as a "messiah of the community."

It was a "conspiracy to divide the society along religious lines," he said and demanded that it be withdrawn. Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Azam Khan defended the resolution, saying that it would remove "discrimination against the Dalits in Muslims and Christians".

Congress and BSP members were not present in the House, having walked out earlier on a different issue.

Congress leader Pramod Tewari had on Monday said his party had no objection to the resolution but alleged it was intended to gain "political mileage" ahead of the polls.

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Number of User Comments: 6

Sub: It is a conspiracy to divide the society along religious lines

It is a conspiracy to divide the society along religious lines. Shame on Congress who is supporting SP in the state of UP.

Posted by K Rahul

Sub: no limit

to indecency to gain votes-does not matter how much the country is hurt or how many others are destryoed as long these these jerks get ...

Posted by Vijaya Kumar

Sub: There are no Dailts in Muslims -- there are only shia and Sunnis

There is no hindu castes in Muslims --- Indian consitution does not recognize Dalits in Muslims --Dalit is a hindu caste -- There are only ...

Posted by vijay

Sub: Why don't we have a quota for the mentally ill?

Yeah we have problem getting votes - just campaign for "special" rights for your vote banks. Don't you think mentally ill people are very ...

Posted by coolvyakti

Sub: UP quota for muslim daltis

vote bank politcs Under secular tag sky is the limit for power hungry politicians to woo muslim votebank. these dirty politicians are cheating minority and ...

Posted by suman



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