Justifying the Congress-led UPA government's proposed move of providing a sub-quota for minorities, a union minister on Saturday 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 % quota within quota was necessary," coal minister Sriprakash Jaiswal today said.
The union minister alleged that corruption in Uttar Pradesh was at its peak and blamed the chief minister Mayawati for it. "Though union government wants to set up projects, the state is not making land available and corruption is at its peak," Jaiswal said.
Jaiswal claimed that this time Congress is going to form government in Uttar Pradesh, and "behenji" (Mayawati) and "bhai saheb" should shun their lure of power.
He also said that 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 of Anna Hazare or anyone else, and if Anna or his team comes to Uttar Pradesh to campaign against it, the party is ready to face them," Jaiswal told newspersons here.
"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.
"Congress only thinks about the sentiments of the people following which it has introduced a strong Lokpal Bill in Parliament, which covers Prime Minister as well as employees of group C and D and would try to get it passed," he said.