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Minister ridicules Naidu's concern for Muslims

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HYDERABAD: The Information Minister, Mohd Ali Shabbir, has criticised the Telugu Desam president, N. Chandrababu Naidu, for trying to project himself as a champion of the Muslim cause.

At a press conference here on Tuesday, the Minister ridiculed Mr. Naidu and other Telugu Desam leaders for wearing fur caps and talking about Muslims to suit the situation. They had changed their stand in view of the coming municipal elections in which Muslims could not be ignored since they constituted 15 to 35 per cent of voters.

`An ally of BJP'

He said Mr. Naidu had sailed with the BJP throughout his political career and ignored the interests of Muslims. They were not ready to believe that the TDP would go it alone in the municipal elections. If the party was really secular as it claimed, it would have backed the no-confidence motion moved by the Congress against the NDA Government after the massacre in Gujarat.

The Minister criticised Mr. Naidu for remembering Muslim reservation after "forgetting it for nine long years." The TDP, throughout its rule, had only one Minister belonging to the Muslim community whereas there were always two or three from the community in Congress Governments.

He said the Rajasekhara Reddy Government had provided 5 per cent reservations for Muslims in education and employment, appointed a Muslim as Vice-Chancellor of Osmania University, provided them quota in urban (20 per cent) and rural (11 per cent) housing, and enhanced the budget for minorities to Rs. 49 crores.

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