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‘BJP to oppose quota for Muslims’

india Updated: Jan 24, 2012 14:30 IST
Prithviraj Singh
Prithviraj Singh
Hindustan Times
assembly elections

The Bharatiya Janata Party’s national president Nitin Gadkari on Monday said his party would oppose the Congress’s 4.5% and Samajwadi Party’s proposed 18% reservation for Muslims. He argued that both the parties were trying to fool the people as this was impossible, as per constitution.

Addressing an election rally in Ramnagar on Monday, Gadkari attacked the Congress and said UPA government’s 4.5% reservation for the Muslims had reduced the chances of scheduled caste and OBC members in government jobs. Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav’s assurance of 18% reservation for Muslims was also not possible as Constitution doesn’t permit quota beyond the 50% mark.

“Supreme Court has clearly demarcated that reservation in government jobs cannot go beyond 50%. But, the Congress and SP leaders have gone ahead and announced reservation schemes flouting the norms. How can it be possible. They are trying to fool the people and making political assurances that cannot be fulfilled. The BJP will not let that happen. We will oppose it in every possible way,” said Gadkari.

“I ask the Congress leaders why they want to reduce the reservation share of SCs. Even self-claimed leader of dalits, Mayawati, is also silent on the issue. She hasn’t come forward to clear her stand for the fact that every party is into minority appeasement politics,” charged Gadkari.

The BJP chief alleged that the Congress regime of nearly 50 years had plundered the country and its resources. Congress leaders spent R980 crores in organising Commonwealth Games (CWG) in 2010 when it needed only Rs 120 crores. “The Congress is plundering the nation from Delhi while it has left the turf open for Mayawati in Lucknow,” he charged.

Gadkari asked Congress president Sonia Gandhi to tell the people why home minister P Chidambaram had not been expelled from union government despite his established involvement in corrupt practices. A Raja has given statement in the Supreme Court that home minister P Chidambaram was in thick and thin of 2G scam. I wish to ask the Congress president why Chidambaram has not been asked to resign,” said Gadkari.

He further said external affairs minister SM Krishna had also been indicted by the Karnataka lokayukta but the Congress president has not taken actions against him. “On the contrary Sonia Gandhi has been alleging the involvement of BJP government in corruption. But, could she tell when any lokayukta or court of law indict any BJP minister,” said the BJP national chief.

Gadkari asked the people of Ramnagar to vote for the BJP candidate Diwan Singh Bisht for if his party is given another chance it will develop tourism, industries and agriculture sectors in the state.