CHIEF MINISTER Mulayam Singh Yadav on Sunday blamed the Congress for gross under-representation of Muslim community in government jobs.
Addressing newsmen, Yadav said he had always supported the demand of reservation for minorities in the government jobs.
Referring to Justice Rajinder Sachar committee report about negligible presence of Muslims in some security related departments, Yadav said the Congress had been in power for a long time and it was responsible for this situation. The Chief Minister also said that his party would oppose the women’s reservation bill in Parliament during the winter session.
While assailing the Congress and the BJP for joining hands for the passage of the bill, the Chief Minister said the bill was unacceptable under present form. About the Congress and the BJP demand for assembly elections under the President’s rule, Yadav asked why such demand was being made for UP only. He said it should be applicable to other states, too.
Lauding the State Election Commission for holding free and fair local bodies election, Yadav said the BJP, the BSP and the Congress had been unnecessarily criticising the commission on the issue. Yadav said he was fully satisfied with the performance of Election Commissioner AP Singh during the polls. The commission, he said, had taken tough decisions to ensure fairness in the election process. Yadav said countermanding of Rampur civic election was against his wishes. The Chief Minister said there was no logic behind the re-polling in places where there was 85 per cent voters’ turnout.
He said in civic election turnout was always high. Yadav said long-drawn assembly session was largely aimed at providing opportunity to MLAs to raise public issues. Yadav said he was ready to adjourn the House if there was such demand from the opposition.
The Chief Minister said efforts were being made to break engineer-contractor nexus in the State. He said either the engineers would have to improve the quality of work or be ready to go to jail.