Reservation to Muslims, 'upper caste' poor: SP

Reservation to Muslims, 'upper caste' poor: SP

The Samajwadi Party (SP) on Wednesday promised reservations to Muslims, as well as the poor belonging to “upper caste” communities, ahead of the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.

The promises, including free education for all, were made in the SP manifesto released on Wednesday by party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav.

Expecting to a play a crucial role in the government formation post the polls, Mulayam said his party would provide free medical facilities to all and set up AIIMS-like institutions in every state.

Apparently perturbed over a perceived disenchantment among the muslim community following communal violence in Muzaffarnagar, Mulayam offered 15 per cent reservation to the muslims in the government jobs. “The condition of the muslims is very bad. They need to be given special facilities in the proportion of their population,” he said.

In an apparent bid to attract the “upper caste” voters toward his party, Mulayam also spoke of reservation for them. Stating that there were many poor people in the upper caste communities, he promised to constitute an “upper caste commission” to identify the poor among them and provide them reservation.

The SP supremo also said promised implementation of the Sachhar Committee recommendations.