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Mulayam 'misleading' Muslims: Babbar

With polls coming, Yadav's leaning towards the Muslims is becoming clearer, reports Masoodul Hasan.

india Updated: Nov 23, 2006 20:07 IST

The Jan Morcha Alliance (JMA) convenor Raj Babbar on Thursday assailed Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav for "cheating and misleading" the Muslim community in the state. Babbar said SP had also launched a drive to terrorise the community in the name of BJP's return to power.

Addressing newsmen in Lucknow on Thursday, Babbar said even though Yadav did not implement 8.4 per cent reservation provided to Muslims in the Mandal Commission, he had now been talking about Dalit Muslim reservation. Babbar said, with assembly elections fast approaching, Yadav’s "Muslim overtures" had increased.

Accusing the chief minister of deceiving the community, Babbar said such reservations would only divide the society. He said if the chief minister was really concerned about Muslims, benefits of the Mandal Commission should be given 65 per cent people in the community.

He said recruitments in the police and other departments during the last three years. amply indicated that the chief minister was not at all bothered about the welfare of the community.

Supporting the demands of All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) about fresh notification in Babri Masjid demolition case, Babbar said the BJP had installed the Yadav government on the condition of helping LK Advani and other BJP leaders in this case.

He said it was for this reason despite Yadav’s assurance to Muslim community the state government had so far not issued notification. Babbar said VP Singh had got Advani arrested but Yadav had freed him for survival of his government.

Babbar said there was deliberate attempt to create fear psychosis among Muslims about BJP comeback so that the community, which had deserted the SP, could continue its support. He said the chief minister helped the BJP in civic election.

Babbar also targeted BSP chief Mayawati for her anti-Muslim statement. He said there had been at least 100 suicides cases of weavers in Jaitpura in Varanasi during the last six months.

Babbar, who submitted a memorandum to Governor TV Rajeswar and Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswami on the bungling in civic elections, said a CD on the issue will be given to President APJ Abdul Kalam.

Referring to the Yash Bharati award to Abhishek Bachchan, Babbar said there was no harm in presenting awards to artistes, but the Yadav government should also award the national dalal to the government for promoting the dalali industry in the state.

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First Published: Nov 23, 2006 20:07 IST