The Telegraph
Tuesday , March 25 , 2014
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AAP against religious quota

AAP candidate Gul Panag campaigns in Chandigarh on Monday. (PTI)

New Delhi, March 24: The Aam Aadmi Party does not believe in reservations for religious minorities in jobs and educational institutions, Muslim members who joined the party recently claimed today.

“Religion-based reservations are fraught with danger and our leader Arvind Kejriwal never believed in the policy of appeasement of Muslims by advocating (such reservations),” said Irfanullah Khan, unveiling the party’s “Road Map for Indian Muslims”.

“Unlike others, our party is committed to working for the uplift of the community by (ensuring) quality education and equal opportunity.”

Khan said the party had prepared the “road map” to solve the economic and educational problems faced by Muslims.

“Our party is working for inclusive growth unlike parties such as the Congress and the BJP,” he said.

Last week, Kejriwal had met Muslim leaders in Delhi and emphasised the need for quality education.

He had said that if the AAP came to power, it would ensure that government schools offered better facilities than the best of public schools.

Over the past few months, the AAP has organised several meetings with Muslim leaders in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and other parts of the country.

“In our election manifesto, we will include all the demands of the community that have been overlooked by the Congress for decades,” Khan said.

Khan had contested the Delhi Assembly polls on an AAP ticket from Jamia Nagar, a predominantly Muslim area in south Delhi. He had lost the election.