The Opposition BJP on Saturday accused the Congress of adopting the "divide and rule" policy conceived by the British and charged it with indulging in minority appeasement to remain in power.
"Congress is continuing with the British era policy to keep itself in power. It constituted the Sachhar Committee A head count was ordered in the Armed Forces which is considered as a secular institution," Party President Rajnath Singh said in New Delhi.
Slamming the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre, he said reservation should be provided on the basis of economic background and not religion. "Should Dawood's (Ibrahim) son be given reservation," he quipped.
"The Muslims are being cheated in the name of reservation I would like to tell them that Muslims with a sound economic background would only be able to enjoy the benefits of reservation and the poor man would still not be able to enjoy its benefits," he added while addressing a conference on 'Governance and Politics' organised by the legal and legislative cell of the BJP.
"Politics adopts the character of the persons handling it. When Gandhiji used politics, it became a shakti (power). But in the hands of Congress, it has become vipatti (crisis)," he said.
Referring to rising incidences of terrorism, he said "the Congress scrapped POTA introduced by the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government.