UPUDF demands quota for Muslims in education

New Delhi, July 26 | Updated: Jul 27 2006, 05:30am hrs
The new entrant to the power play in Uttar Pradesh, the UPUDFa conglomerate of 22 Muslim outfitshas decided to demand reservation for Muslims in educational institutions as part of their election agenda.

We have been demanding reservation for economically backward Muslims. But reservation here is being provided on the basis of religion. Dalit converts to Islam are not allowed to enjoy the previlages of reservation. So we have decided to demand reservation based on religion, Shahi Imam of Delhi Jama Masjid and patron of the UPUDF Syed Ahmed Bukhari said.

Talking to FE on the political atmosphere of UP after the BSP declaring 200 candidates for the Assembly elections, the Imam said his party was still hopeful of an alliance with other political parties.

For us the BSP is an ideal party. That party could develop self respect among Dalits and other backward classes in the last 30 years. There is no other party in India which can claim a vote bank. Our doors are open for an alliance with the BSP, he said.

Talks are going on with other parties except the BJP and the SP. We had discussions with VP Singhs Jan Morcha. Our immediate agenda is to throw Mulayam Singh Yadav out of power. Mulayam came to power with the votes of Muslims. But he did not do anything for them, Bukhari said.

Mulayam talked about education and economic empowerment for Muslims. But he hardly implemented any projects for them, he added.

He is flirting with the BJP. He helped Kalyan Singh and Sakshi Maharaj to win in the last Lok Sabha polls. He was proud to have talks with RSS chief, Bukhari alleged.