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Rahul plays quota card to woo Muslims

Addressing largely Muslim crowds in eastern Uttar Pradesh, Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday launched frontal attacks on chief minister Mayawati and Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav for "doing nothing for the quota for minorities" and charged them with playing politics over the issue.

india Updated: Dec 28, 2011 02:15 IST
Umesh Raghuvanshi

Addressing largely Muslim crowds in eastern Uttar Pradesh, Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday launched frontal attacks on chief minister Mayawati and Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav for "doing nothing for the quota for minorities" and charged them with playing politics over the issue.

"When we asked Yadav about quota for Muslims, there was silence. Same with Mayawati. But when they came to know that we are bringing the quota for backward Mulsims, Yadav termed it too little and Mayawati began writing to the Centre demanding that it should implement the quota," said Gandhi at his public rallies in Gola, Aurangabad and Lakhimpur city.

Gandhi said Mayawati dropped four ministers only after they had completed their terms.

Though Gandhi's programme on Tuesday was advanced to enable him to attend Parliament, there was no change in the tone and tenor of his address.

At his last public meeting, in Gola, Gandhi said, "Yadav had shown the door to his party leader Rashid Masood when he asked Yadav to implement the quota for backward Muslims".

Gandhi said the UPA government had brought the quota to bring the minorities into the mainstream, as the schemes meant for their welfare had failed to make any impact in the state due to poor implementation.

"Did you get anything? Did you get scholarships? Did your district get funds for the welfare of minorities," asked Gandhi to which the crowd shouted a "no".

Citing the UPA's move on the food security front, the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Act, Right to Education Act, loan waiver scheme and his visits to the houses of poor, Gandhi said the CM had called all these a drama.

"If this is a drama, I will continue with it all through my life."