GO­ING GREEN

Ed­u­ca­tion schemes, job reser­va­tions, spe­cial pen­sions. Po­lit­i­cal par­ties are go­ing all out to ac­co­mo­date Mus­lims.

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UPA/Congress March 2014 Reser­va­tions in jobs for 2002 Gu­jarat riot vic­tims for five years. Fe­bru­ary 2014 Sets up Equal Op­por­tu­nity Com­mis­sion, a statu­tory body to check dis­crim­i­na­tion against Mus­lims. Jan­uary 2014 Two ed­u­ca­tion schemes worth Rs 1,600 crore; one for girls, the other for all Mus­lims above 15. BJP Fe­bru­ary 2014 BJP Pres­i­dent Ra­j­nath Singh said the party is ready to apol­o­gise to Mus­lims for past mis­takes. Fe­bru­ary 2014 Party woos Mus­lims from Te­lan­gana with a 15-point agenda on is­sues such as em­ploy­ment gen­er­a­tion and loans from fi­nance cor­po­ra­tions. Tri­namool Congress March 2014 West Ben­gal Chief Min­is­ter Ma­mata Ban­er­jee an­nounces that seven of her 42 MP can­di­dates, or 17 per cent, would be Mus­lims. Fe­bru­ary 2014 She de­clines to meet US Am­bas­sador Nancy J. Pow­ell af­ter sev­eral Mus­lim or­gan­i­sa­tions ask her not to. Sa­ma­jwadi Party Jan­uary 2014 25 per cent reser­va­tion for Mus­lims in the UP pen­sion scheme. Au­gust 2013 Spe­cial vo­ca­tional skills train­ing to Mus­lim youths in 45 districts. Aam Aadmi Party Fe­bru­ary 2014 Party prom­ises to field as many Mus­lim can­di­dates as pos­si­ble. De­cem­ber 2013 Forms spe­cial task force to iden­tify prob­lems faced by Mus­lims. Janata Dal (United) Novem­ber 2013 In Bi­har, Ni­tish Ku­mar in­creases the life­long monthly pen­sion to the fam­i­lies of 1989 Bha­galpur riot vic­tims from Rs 2,500 to Rs 5,000. Bahu­jan Sa­maj Party Pro­motes Mus­lim lead­ers like na­tional Gen­eral Sec­re­tary Naseemud­din Sid­diqui and Ra­jya Sabha MP Mun­quad Ali. AIADMK J. Jay­alalithaa forms al­liance with Left par­ties clearly with an eye on Left’s tra­di­tional Mus­lim vote bank.

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