Jan 27, 2012 at 01:41pm IST

UP: BJP opposes Muslim quota in its manifesto

New Delhi: The BJP on Friday released its election manifesto for Uttar Pradesh, saying the party is opposed to Muslim quota but committed to the welfare of the minority community. It also announced that it would honour its old promise of a Ram Mandir at Ayodhya.

In its manifesto, the party is mainly focusing on education, health, employment and law and order. Key party leaders, including national vice presidents Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Kalraj Mishra, Uma Bharati, and Sudheedra Kulkarni were present at the release. A vision-document for the state was released by the party last week, promising 1.5 crore jobs in the state in the next five years. Seven-phased elections will be held in Uttar Pradesh from February 8-March 3.

The BJP also mentioned in its promise that it would ban cow slaughter if it is voted to power. Although the party is opposed to Muslim sub-quota, it has promised to exclude 4.5 Muslim reservation from the 27 per cent OBC quota. The BJP has promised inclusive development for Muslims.

Following in the Samajwadi Party's foootsteps, the BJP has announced free laptops for poor students and cycles for girls. Releasing the poll manifesto in Lucknow, stalwarts Uma Bharti, Kalraj Mishra and Sudheednra Kulkarni, said that the party would also set up a body to investigate all cases of graft against UP Chief Minister Mayawati.

"Hindutva is a matter of pride for BJP, a grand Ram Temple at Ayodhya is our promise. Under youth unemployment credit card, Rs 2000 per month will be given to unemployed till they find employment. BJP doesn't want to divide the state on communal lines. In BJP's Ram Rajya, everyone including Muslims welfare will be looked after. Cow slaughter will be banned in state. We Will add statues like that of Valmiki and Kabir and Tulsidas in Mayawati's memorials," said Surya Pratap Shahi, BJP state president on UP manifesto.