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BJP shift on Enemy Property Bill in sight

A senior Muslim BJP leader has said the party had no "official stand" on the disputed Enemy Property (Amendment and Validation) Bill, the first such comment since a bitter row over it broke out.

delhi Updated: Aug 26, 2010 23:23 IST
Zia Haq

A senior Muslim BJP leader has said the party had no "official stand" on the disputed Enemy Property (Amendment and Validation) Bill, the first such comment since a bitter row over it broke out.

This could potentially be the sign of a shift in the BJP's position over the disputed bill, as BJP leader M A Naqvi on Thursday said his party was committed to "protecting rights of Indian Muslims" who may be affected by the bill.

Mukhtar said in the absence of "any spelt-out stand of the BJP's parliamentary forum", saying the party had an "official stand" on the issue was uncalled for. He, however, said the BJP would not allow the bill to be passed unless "prevailing confusion" is settled and a consensus reached.

A meeting of Muslim MPs from all parties over the bill has been called for Friday, where the views of the two Muslim faces of the BJP, Naqvi and Shahnawaz Hussain, may be crucial.

The BJP has been seen rooting for an ordinance the bill seeks to ratify but belligerent Muslim MPs have opposed the ordinance that they feel "prejudices" Indian inheritors of assets left by people who left for Pakistan after 1954.

"We will not let this bill be passed in the present form. That is our clear stand," Rajya Sabha MP Mohd. Adeeb said.

Naqvi said the BJP would want further consultations with the government for greater clarity.

"The BJP wants the same kind of consensus as the one over the nuclear liability bill," he said.