Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) Students’ Union took out a protest march against Akhilesh Yadav Government as it fails to fulfill its promise of granting 18 percent quota to Muslims, made at the time of last Assembly elections held in 2012.
In its election manifesto in 2012, SP had promised that Muslims would be considered most backward and given reservation like Dalits in proportion to their population. The protesters marched up to the gate of the District Collectorate, raising slogans against the state government.
The students raised the slogans against the government and carried the placards saying: “Now is the time to remind the promise and move beyond vote bank politics”. The students also raised the objection against the UP government’s cabinet’s decision to recommend inclusion of 17 OBC castes into the Scheduled Caste category. They also threatened to intensify their agitation and launch a mass movement if the promises made in the manifesto are not fulfilled within two weeks.
AMU Students’ Union President, Faizul Hassan said SP had promised 18% reservation to Muslims but had failed to fulfill it till date. Vice President of AMUSU, Nadeem Ansari, dubbed it as “injustice” with AMU and Muslims and accused the government of not doing anything for the community.
After assuming power, Akhilesh had referred the issue to minority welfare minister Azam Khan who had formed a committee headed by Secretary, Minority Welfare, S P Singh and asked him to submit a report. Since then, the issue is lying on the back burner. Interestingly, Azam Khan had later denied in the state assembly that the SP had ever promised 18 percent reservation to Muslims.
In a memorandum sent to the Chief Minister, the Students’ Union said the SP government has paid only ‘lip service’ to the long-standing demands of Muslims and has failed to even implement the recommendations of the Sachar Committee. What is worse, it has made no serious attempt to fulfill even those commitments which were a part of the SP’s election manifesto in 2011. The memorandum said the amendments to be made in the Constitution and Dalit Muslims be considered under SC category, 15% job quota for Muslims in state police, opening of more Urdu schools and free coaching centers for higher education. It also demanded that the government should aid innocent Muslims behind bars over “fake terror charges” slapped on them.