Even though chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav has recommended for the state assembly elections in February, the Samajwadi Party general secretary Beni Prasad Verma on Saturday accused the Congress of making an attempt to delay the elections.
Talking to newsmen in Lucknow on Saturday Verma said the Congress had been conspiring to hold the elections in April. He said in view of the commencement of the summer season, April was not suitable for the elections.
Verma said there had been a tradition that the election commission normally announced the date of election after the chief minister's recommendation. He said the commission could go ahead after consulting the Union Home Ministry.
However, he apprehended that the election would be delayed. Asserting that he had not been blaming the commission Verma said the officers belonged to the central government. He said some of them often became quite loyal to the centre.
Verma said delay in the election would be against the spirit of the democracy and the party would oppose it. Verma said the SP was in favour of the election after the completion of the five-year term of the assembly. Referring to the reservation of Muslims in government service, Verma said the community should be given quota. He said the party would press for the acceptance of the demand. He said though the Sachar committee had not specifically mentioned about the Muslim quota, it had explained the socio-economic backwardness of the community, which warranted reservation.
He also pleaded for constitutional amendment to provide reservation to the community. Verma, however, asked the centre to abolish the creamy layer formula for backward class. He said the Congress had been deliberately trying to bring the backward classes under the purview of the creamy layer, which was against the spirit of the Constitution.