Just a day after it disowned law minister Salman Khurshid’s promise of 9% reservation for backward minorities, the Congress was all for carving out a sub-quota from the OBC pie.
“The Election Commission shouldn’t have banned implementation of the 4.5% sub-quota for minorities,” party spokesperson Rashid Alvi said Saturday, adding that it would be rolled out as soon as elections were over in the five states.
Alvi also backed Khurshid’s call for an enhanced sub-quota. “The exact percentage will depend on different calculations. But an increased sub-quota will be in our UP manifesto,” he said.
While on Friday Alvi had dubbed Khurshid’s comments his “personal view”, on Saturday he said, “If we can’t talk about our manifesto, then it becomes difficult to go for polls.”
The Congress invoked its 2009 poll promise of a sub-quota for minorities — on the line of what Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka have. Digvijaya Singh, on his part, shot down the Samajwadi Party’s promise of an 18% quota for Muslims.