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Paswan for muslim quota in jobs

Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on demands reservations for Muslims in central and state government jobs, reports HS Bartwal.

india Updated: Nov 09, 2006 23:24 IST
HS Bartwal

Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) leader and union minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Thursday demanded reservations for Muslims in central and state government jobs saying there was nothing unconstitutional about such a provision.

He said his party welcomed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s statement that minorities must get their fair share in jobs.

“The Constitution does not discriminate between religions with regard to reservation.It simply states there should be reservation for the educationally and socially backward sections.And Muslims as a whole are educationally and socially backward,” he stated.

Paswan also said he believed that the award of death sentence to Iraq’s former President Saddam Hussein was wrong and this had been proved by the defeat of President Bush’s Republican Party and resignation of defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld in the US.

He urged the PM to make all possible efforts to get Saddam’s death sentence commuted.

First Published: Nov 09, 2006 23:24 IST