Muslims large part of population not getting due share: Sharad Pawar

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Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar has said that members of the Muslim community have a feeling they were not getting their due share despite being a large part of the country’s population.

Sharad Pawar addressing an event titled ‘Issues Before Indian Muslims’ organised by the Vidarbha Muslim Intellectuals Forum in Nagpur, batted for Urdu but also stressed on the importance of the “main language” of states, citing the situation in Kerala as an example.

Responding to an earlier speaker seeking the use of Urdu in government recruitment examinations, he hailed the language and said several people are associated with it for generations.

“We should consider Urdu schools and education, but along with Urdu, we have to consider the main language of a state,” he said. Pawar said Kerala has a large proportion of minorities and one needs to study how minorities in that state, which has the highest literacy rate, are giving support to the main language and what benefits are being derived from this.—Agencies

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