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published on February 1, 2010

Azharuddin wants job reservation for Muslims

Kolkata: Former Indian cricket captain turned Congress MP Mohammad Azharuddin Monday supported reservation of government jobs for the Muslims, saying it was necessary for their welfare.

‘Reservation is a must. I have raised this issue in parliament,’ Azharuddin told media persons while addressing a rally organised by a minority organisation here.

Azharuddin hoped the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) regime in New Delhi will ensure job reservation for the community.

The issue of job reservation for Muslims and other minorities has been occupying the political centrestage since the government made public the Ranganath Mishra Commission report which recommended that ten percent of government jobs be set aside for the Muslims and five percent for other minorities.

Azharuddin criticised West Bengal’s Left Front for acquiring land forcibly. ‘Most of the 27 percent Muslim population in the state depends on agriculture for sustenance. Why should land be snatched from them?’ he asked.

He appealed to the people to vote out the Left Front government. ‘What have you got from this state government? Nothing. There is no education, no jobs for you. Muslims should support the Congress which has always stood by the community. Has any other party done that?’ he asked.

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