Jaipur, Dec 29 (UNI) Supporting the reservation to poor Muslims and Dalit Christians, Union Chemical and Fertilisers Minister and Lok Janshakti Party chief Ram Vilas Paswan today said his party had already started forging unity between the two communities to wage a joint struggle to achieve the benefit.
Speaking at the two-day 16th American Federation of Muslim Indians (AFMI) annual international conference on Education at the Jamea-tul-Hidaya here, Mr Paswan said: ''Muslims or Christians alone cannot build adequate pressure on the government in favour of their demand. Therefore, a social-political alliance between the two communities for realising their demand is necessary.'' He said Islam, Christianity, Sikhism were based on the principle of equality and therefore the constitution had provided reservation to Hindu Dalits only.
However, the caste inequality and social stratifications, which later emerged among Christians, Sikhs and Muslims, gave rise to the need for providing reservations to Dalit 'mezhabi' Sikhs, Dalit Baudhs, Dalit Christians and poor Muslims.
While reservation to Dalit Baudhs and Sikhs had already been extended, the same should be extended to Dalit Christians and poor Muslims, Mr Paswan asserted.
Condemning certain political parties and other outfits for opposing reservation to Muslims in the name of religion, he said those people were either unaware of history or ''ignoring'' the historical facts.
Rajasthan Governor Shilendra Kumar Singh, Gujarat Governor Nawal Kishore Sharma and Haryana Governor A R Kidwai also spoke on the occasion.
Delegates from India and abroad participated in the event, which was being jointly organised by AFMI and Jamea-tul-Hidaya here.