Less than a month after influential Muslim leader Rasheed Masood joined the Congress, the party on Monday rewarded him with a berth in the powerful Congress Working Committee (CWC).
A former union minister from western Uttar Pradesh, Masood had quit the Samajwadi Party (SP) on December 12 last year and later resigned from the Rajya Sabha
The move is seen as an effort by the Congress to reach out to the Muslims, who constitute 18% of the total population of Uttar Pradesh. The party is expected to project Masood, a five-time Lok Sabha MP, as its Muslim face in the state, particularly in western region.
To woo the Muslims, the Congress has promised 6-8% reservation for the community in government jobs if it comes to power in Uttar Pradesh. This is going to be one of the main talking points in the party’s manifesto for coming elections.