ANI Photo | “Declaration for backward classes, minority will never get mixed”: Mohammad Azharuddin ahead of Telangana polls

After the Bharat Rashtra Samithi’s (BRS) allegation that the proposal of Congress to conduct caste census and club minorities with backward classes for the purpose of reservation would create a rift between the two, the grand old party’s leader Mohammad Azharuddin said that both things will never get “mixed”.
“The BC (backward classes) declaration is done on a different day and the minority declaration has been done on a different day. They are two separate things; they will never get mixed. BRS is trying to confuse people…” Former India cricket captain Mohammad Azharuddin said while speaking to ANI.
Notably, the Congress has fielded Azharuddin from Jubilee Hills in the upcoming assembly polls.
The Telangana Congress has said it would increase the budget up to Rs 4,000 crore annually towards minority welfare, besides conducting the caste census within six months after coming to power, if elected in the November 30 Assembly polls.
The “Minority Declaration” released on Thursday, promised that it will ensure fair reservation for all backward classes including, minorities in jobs, education and government schemes.
However, the ruling party in Telangana slammed the Congress over its declaration, alleging that the proposal to ‘include minorities in the backward classes census’ would hurt both backward classes and minorities.
Telangana will go to assembly elections on November 30 and counting of votes, along with those of four other poll-bound states, has been scheduled for December 3.
The state is set to witness a triangular contest among the BJP, BRS and the Congress.
In the previous Assembly election in 2018, the Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS), previously known as Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), won 88 of the 119 seats, hogging 47.4 per cent of the total vote share. The Congress came in a distant second with just 19 seats

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