In a significant political move chief minister Mayawati on Saturday played a minority card demanding immediate measures to provide reservation to the minorities specially the Muslims in proportion to their population.
Mayawati has sent a letter in this regard to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. In her letter the chief minister said that the Centre may go in for an amendment to the Constitution to make provisions for reservation and her government was committed to fully cooperate with the Centre in the issue.
"If necessary an amendment to the Constitution may be considered to provide reservation in proportion to their population to the minorities specially the Muslims. My government is fully committed to cooperate on the issue," said Mayawati in her letter.
CM's letter requesting the PM for immediate measures on priority basis comes barely a few months before the 2012 assembly elections in the state. Mayawati said she firmly believed in the need of providing more opportunities in the field of education and employment if a change was to be brought in the living conditions of minorities specially the Muslims.
The Constitution provided for equal opportunities for progress to the people belonging to all the religions. But the religious minorities especially the Muslims (having large population) were facing backwardness even after 64 years of independence, she said. This had been mentioned in the Sachar committee report as well, she said.
CM said the Sachar committee had made a number of recommendations for the welfare of minorities. The recommendations included the measures to provide more opportunities for education, adequate participation in the economic activities and job opportunities, bringing about an improvement in the living conditions of Muslims, checking communalism and preventing communal violence, she said.