No reservations for Muslims in the Alliance’s manifesto?

TDP-BJP-JSP Alliance Manifesto
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TDP-BJP-JSP Alliance Manifesto

N Chandrababu Naidu, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief, recently revealed the election promises for the alliance of the TDP, Janasena, and BJP in Andhra Pradesh. Notably, their manifesto did not include the promised 4% reservation for Muslims, announced just before the manifesto launch.

The manifesto’s main points are the ‘super six,’ like a monthly pension of Rs 1,500 for women aged 19–59, offering 20 lakh jobs or Rs 3,000 monthly aid to unemployed youth, and free bus travel for women.

Earlier, Chandrababu Naidu had pledged a 4% reservation for Muslims, but this wasn’t mentioned in the manifesto. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi opposed giving religious-based quotas to Muslims, focusing instead on Dalits, Adivasis, and OBCs.

Chandrababu Naidu also promised Rs 1 lakh in aid for Muslim pilgrims visiting Mecca, praised his party’s support for the Muslim community, and criticized the current Chief Minister for not building mosques. The AP assembly elections are scheduled for May 13.