Muslim quota part of Congress agenda to push country towards Islamization: UP CM Yogi Adityanath

Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday alleged that Congress’ attempt to provide reservations for Muslims over OBC quota in Karnataka was part of its agenda to push the country towards “Islamization and division”.

The firebrand BJP leader alleged that the Congress wanted to deprive people belonging to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and other backward classes of their constitutional rights.

According to the data of the Karnataka Backward Classes Welfare Department, all castes and communities within the Muslim religion are included as socially and educationally backward classes under category 2B in the state list of backward classes.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other BJP leaders have attacked the Congress over the issue, claiming that it wanted to transfer the OBC’s reservation share to the Muslim community, but the Congress has rejected their claim and accused them of spreading “lies”.

Asked about the Muslim quota issue, Adityanath said, “This is very unfortunate and part of the Congress agenda to push the country towards Islamization and division.”

He said that after the UPA government came to power, Congress also made such vile attempts at that time.

“Earlier, during the UPA government, a committee was formed under the leadership of Justice Ranganath Mishra. The Ranganath Committee in its report has recommended that 6 per cent of the 27 per cent reservation meant for the OBC category should be given to Muslims.

“Moreover, the committee’s report suggested that a specific segment of Muslims, those who have converted, should be included in the Dalit category and given the same benefits as Dalits,” he said.

He emphasized that the BJP had launched a huge movement against this measure at that time. “The reports of Justice Ranganath Mishra Committee of Sachar Committee smack of Congress’s evil intentions to infringe on the rights of OBCs, SCs and STs,” he alleged.

He urged people to be vigilant against such actions. “Wise use of democratic rights is necessary to foil the conspiracies of Congress and the INDI alliance,” he said.

Adityanath also alleged that the Congress was considering introducing an ‘inheritance tax’ to ‘forcibly seize the properties of common people and then give them to infiltrators from across borders, who have no connection with India’.

“The party, which has been looting the country’s resources for 60 to 65 years, wants to deprive the SC/ST, OBC and the poor of their rights,” he alleged.

“The mentality of the Congress towards the country and the general public during the UPA government was once again exposed yesterday.

“There were also indications of all this in the Congress manifesto. What Sam Pitroda said yesterday was repeatedly advocated by then minister P. Chidambaram in 2011, 2012 and 2013,” Adityanath said.

A political row broke out after Pitroda, the president of the Indian Overseas Congress, spoke about the inheritance tax in the United States while referring to the issue of wealth redistribution.

The Congress distanced itself from Pitroda’s comment, saying its sensational remark was an attempt to divert attention from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘malicious’ election campaign.

Adityanath alleged that the Congress’ ‘vote bank politics’ was responsible for the large-scale infiltrations in the Northeast, Assam and other parts of the country.

“They (Congress) have always politicized issues at the expense of the nation. Inheritance tax is also part of the same agenda,” he added.

The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister said it was good that people parted ways with the Congress in 2014, “otherwise it would have introduced inheritance tax long ago and deprived people of their properties.”

On Wednesday, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah defended his government on the Muslim reservations issue.

“Where has the Congress declared that it would take away the reservations of backward classes and SC/STs to give them to Muslims? Which state government under Congress has implemented such a policy?” he said.

The senior Congress leader also justified the 4 percent reservation for Muslims in the backward class category in Karnataka.

It is true that Muslims in Karnataka have been included in the ‘2B category’ for backward classes, Siddaramaiah said, pointing out that “this is not something that is being done now”.

It is based on the reports of the Backward Classes Commissions, starting with the one headed by LG Havanur in 1974. This reservation has been in place for 30 years, he said.

At the end of its term, the previous BJP government in Karnataka ordered the scrapping of four percent reservation for Muslims under the 2B category in April 2023. The four percent would be distributed among Vokkaligas in the 2C category and Lingayats in the 2D category.

However, the order was challenged in the Supreme Court.

(Published April 25, 2024, 2:05 PM IST)