STATE FAMILY Welfare Minister Ahmed Hasan on Friday said that formation of various political fronts in UP, before the Vidhan Sabha election, resulted from a conspiracy hatched by the Congress against the Samajwadi Party (SP)-led government.
“The leaders of the Jan Morcha, the UDF and the PDF have no base in the State. RJD president Lalu Prasad Yadav, after losing election in Bihar, has joined hands with his archrival Ram Vilas Paswan against the SP government,” he said.
“These fronts are nothing but a gathering of baseless people,” Hasan added.
Talking to media persons, Hasan said that as per the Congress directives, the leaders of the Jan Morcha, the UDF and the PDF were trying to create confusion among Muslims. “We have respect for religious leaders, but the SP will oppose their misinformation campaign against the State Government,” he said.
He also refuted the allegations of the Jan Morcha, the UDF and the PDF leaders that the SP government had done nothing for Muslims. Hasan also spoke about the steps taken by his government for Muslims’ welfare.
“My government has appointed Muslims on the top posts. While Mushtaq Kazmi has been appointed advocate general, Dr Fida Hussain Ansari is heading the Higher Education Services Commission. TST Rizvi has been made chairman of the Subordinate Selection Board and Justice MA Khan has taken over as Chief Information Commissioner,” he said.
Besides, Muslims are holding other important posts.
Hasan said that his government had given more representation to Muslims in politics. Out of the 25 cabinet ministers, five were Muslims.
Out of 37 Lok Sabha members, seven were Muslims and of 16 Rajya Sabha members, three belonged to the Muslim community, he said.
Leaders of the Vidhan Sabha and Vidhan Parishad were Muslims. Besides, of the 185 MLAs, 26 belonged to Muslim community, he added. “Apart from the SP, no government has ever paid any compensation to riot victims. The Government has already released Rs 9 crore to the riot victims of Mau,” he said.