Leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley has accused the Congress pursuing a divisive agenda in UP for electoral gains.
At a press conference on Saturday, the BJP leader said the party was trying to shift the focus of elections from the issues of corruption and law and order to “divisive politics” by offering 9% reservation to minorities.
“The Congess...has offered 9% reservation to minorities, which the Constitution does not permit. This is an attempt to divide the society at the time of elections,” he said.
Jaitley saw a well thought out plan on the part of the Congress and the government for indulging in “double-speak” on the issue as well as on the Batla encounter. “The right hand and the left hand are both acting in tandem. The Congress knew that on governance issues it would be left far behind the other parties."
He warned the Congress against playing such divisive politics. “We believe the Congress is getting entangled in its own web as it plays this politics. Its too-clever-by-half practice may leave them with tactics but no votes.”Jaitley asked why the UPA had not thought of Muslim quota in the last seven and a half years it has been in power. "The Congress spokesperson has said this offer of 9% reservation to minorities is the personal view of the minister (Salman Kurshid). Similarly, even on the Batla House encounter, the government and the Congress spoke on different lines."
Jaitley said while the Batla House encounter had broken the spine of the Indian Mujahideen and it could not regroup any longer, the Congress general secretary (Digvijay Singh) was calling it a fake encounter.
“The government should issue a White Paper on the articles seized from the encounter spot, the people arrested and those who managed to run away so that nobody makes these (fake encounter) claims again.”
Congress spokesperson Rashid Alvi refused to prolong the Batla debate and said, “Everyone knows what Digvijaya Singh has said. The party’s stand is also in the public domain. I don’t want to add anything more. We don’t know in which direction the BJP wants to take the nation. They are trying to vitiate the atmosphere.”