Condition of poor Muslims worse than Dalits: Jaiswal

Justifying the Congress-led UPA government's proposed move of providing a sub-quota for minorities,a Union Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal today said that condition of poor Muslims and Buddhists in the county was “worse” than Dalits.

Written by Press Trust Of India | Csm Nagar (up) | Published:January 25, 2012 4:34 am

Justifying the Congress-led UPA government’s proposed move of providing a sub-quota for minorities,a Union Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal today said that condition of poor Muslims and Buddhists in the county was “worse” than Dalits.

“The condition of poor Muslims and Buddhists in the country was worse than Dalits,therefore 4.5 per cent quota within quota was necessary,” Jaiswal today said.

The Union minister alleged that corruption in Uttar Pradesh was at its peak and blamed Chief Minister Mayawati for it.

“Though the Union government wants to set up projects,the state is not making land available and corruption is at its peak,” he alleged. Jaiswal claimed that this time the Congress is going to form government in Uttar Pradesh,and “Behenji” (Mayawati) and “Bhai saheb” (Mulayam Singh) should shun their lure of power.

He also said that the Congress is not worried about Anna Hazare and is ready to face him if he decides to campaign against the party in the state.

“Congress is not worried about the agitation by Anna Hazare or anyone else,and if Anna or his team comes to UP to campaign against it,the party is ready to face them,” Jaiswal told newspersons here.

“The Congress looks ahead… In the past also many people have campaigned against it but what happened,” Jaiswal said adding that his is a democratic party which is not afraid of any individual or agitation. “The party only thinks about the sentiments of the people following which it has introduced a strong Lokpal Bill in Parliament,which covers the Prime Minister as well as employees of group C and D and would try to get it passed,” he said.

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