This comes after the minorities supported the YSR Congress Party in the bypolls
After reports that minorities, especially Muslims, were rooting for the Kadapa MP YS Jagan Mohan Reddy-led YSR Congress Party in last month’s by-election, the ruling Congress party in the State has now turned its focus on gaining the support of minority communities in the State.
The party is holding a meeting of its Minority Morcha to discuss the issue of what made the Muslim minorities in the State vote for the YSR Congress party instead of the ruling Congress party in spite of implementing many welfare programmes for the community. The meet will also focus on the problems being faced by the Muslims. “We will pay attention to what made the minorities desert out party. It is the Congress party which provided four per cent reservations to Muslims and also revolutionary fee reimbursement scheme to encourage students of minority communities to pursue higher education. Still, the party could not muster the votes of minorities,” Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee Minority Morcha President MD Sirajuddin told Postnoon on Wednesday.
Apart from this, the session would look at the non-implementation of the Prime Minister’s 15 Point Programme for the development of minorities in the State. Recently, the minister for minority welfare and Wakf Board, Mohammad Ahmadullah, said the officials of the State government are not showing seriousness towards implementation of the PM’s programme. The minister also wrote to Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy and asked him to issue directions to all district collectors to implement the revolutionary scheme launched by the UPA government with utmost seriousness. But other Congress leaders differ with the minister’s statements. “It is very sad that the minister made such statements. This is a serious issue. If this continues in the coming days, then the party will have to pay a huge cost as Muslims would desert the party and support YSR Congress,” APCC general secretary Abid Rasool Khan told Postnoon. Khan said many Muslims still see former CM YS Rajasekhara Reddy as the brain behind many of the welfare programmes for minorities.