Lucknow, Apr 25 UNI | 3 months ago

Union minister for minority welfare K Rehman today said that there was nothing new in the Congress manifesto in which party has promised to give 4.5 per cent reservation to the minorities on the Karnataka pattern.

"We had promised it even in 2009 elections and now we have just repeated it and assured to give 4.5 per cent reservation within the backward category like done in Karnataka," he said.

Addressing a press conference here, Rehman said no government in the past had taken so many welfare measures for the minorities like done by the UPA government." We have implemented 66 out of the 72 recommendations made by the Sacchar committee and only three including Equal Opportunity Commission and National Date Base were yet to be implemented," he said. He also said that in UP too, the Centre had given over Rs 1000 crore for the minority welfare through different schemes.

Blaming BJP PM candidate Narendra Modi for trying to polarise the voters, which was dangerous for the democracy, the Congress leader from Karnataka said that there was no Modi wave as such in the country and the elections was being contested on two ideologies-- one is secularism and other is communal. Rehman said that Modi was yet to convince the people about the Gujarat model as what it meant." Most of the industries in Gujarat including three refineries, fertilizer unit and even the Kandla port was set up by the Congress," he claimed. He said BJP started the poll campaign with development issue and then switched over to personal attack agenda and then now in the third and last phase they are polarising the voters.

(Posted on 25-04-2014)