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Congress ignoring Muslims: Mulayam

UPA supporter and Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav on Sunday attacked the Congress for ignoring the interests of the Muslims, though it came supposedly to power with the "support of the community".

india Updated: Jul 24, 2011 22:01 IST
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UPA supporter and Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav on Sunday attacked the Congress for ignoring the interests of the Muslims, though it came supposedly to power with the "support of the community".

Yadav said the central government, led by the Congress, had failed to solve the problems of the Muslims.

The government had constituted a minorities ministry but the funds allocated to it were spent not for the uplift of the Muslims, he said.

"Instead of providing funds to the Muslims, the ministry has been working to stop them," Yadav said, adding "even 20% of the funds was not being given to the minority community".

Though Yadav has been an off-and-on supporter of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA), his relations with the ruling formation at the Centre have not been a smooth one. And the source of the uneasiness has been the Muslim issue, leading the Congress in UP to sarcastically call him "Maulana Mulayam".

The SP chief said even as the Congress had been making "attempts to win" over the community in UP, the party was afraid of even using Islamic language for fear of "losing Hindu votes".

He also accused the government at the Centre of failing to implement the recommendations of the Sachar Committee report, which took into account the state of the Muslims in the country,

He also condemned the way in which Faiz Usmani, who had been questioned in connection with the Mumbai blasts, died in police custody. Usmani, who belonged to Azamgarh, had been picked up for interrogation in connection with the blasts.