NDA released manifesto in Andhra Pradesh, distance seen from Chandrababu Naidu’s promise of Muslim reservation

TDP supremo N Chandrababu Naidu unveiled the election manifestos of NDA allies TDP, Janasena and BJP in Andhra Pradesh. However, the alliance’s manifesto did not mention four percent reservation for Muslims, as announced by the former chief minister two days before the manifesto was released. The highlight of the manifesto was the “Super Six”, which includes Rs 1,500 monthly pension for women in the age group of 19 to 59 years, 20 lakh jobs for youth or Rs 3,000 monthly unemployment assistance and free bus travel for women.

In a video message on Twitter on April 28, Naidu had said, “Poverty is still very high among Muslims. It is our responsibility to help them at such a time. In this sequence, we will keep 4 percent reservation for Muslims. There will be no more Not a thought.” The same day, during an interaction with the Muslim community in Nellore, Naidu said that his party had “hired the best lawyers and fought for four percent Muslim reservation in the Supreme Court”. This came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said he would not allow the quota for Dalits, tribals and Other Backward Classes (OBCs) to be given to Muslims on the basis of religion.

Taking aim at the Congress, the Prime Minister had also accused the grand old party of turning undivided Andhra Pradesh into a “laboratory of appeasement” by giving OBC reservation to Muslims as well as giving them shelter when it was in power in 2004 and 2009. There is hatred towards the Constitution since its birth. However, Naidu on Sunday said that as soon as the alliance comes to power in Andhra Pradesh, financial assistance of Rs 1 lakh will be given to Muslim pilgrims visiting Mecca. While interacting with the Muslim community, Naidu said that once the NDA comes to power in the state, financial assistance of Rs 1 lakh will be given to every Muslim going to Mecca on Haj pilgrimage.

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