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Cong using Sachar report to woo Muslim votes: Advani

india Updated: Sep 21, 2008 23:06 IST

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Muslims in India need to see through the inadequacies of the Sachar Committee report, which is being used by Congress to woo the community as part of their vote bank politics, BJP leader L K Advani said in Ahmedabad on Sunday.

"The guiding principle of the Sachar Committee was to show that Muslims in India are victims of discrimination and injustice, which is not true," Advani said while releasing a book titled 'Sachar Committee Report: Conspiracy to Divide the Nation,' published by Bharatiya Vichar Manch.

"Inequalities and backwardness in socio-economic development are not specific to any community, to an extent they are true about all communities," he said.

"Congress has been involved in minority appeasement since they came to power 60 years ago. My appeal to the Muslims of India is to see through the inadequacies of the Sachar Committee and prevent Congress from using them to only obtain votes," Leader of the Opposition Advani, who was on a one-day visit to Gujarat said.

He also asked the Muslims to join the mainstream of India's development, with equal involvement, equal contribution which would lead to equal benefits for them.

About the book, which is a compilation of articles written by scholars from all over India, Advani said, "the articles in the book collectively present a critique of the Sachar Committee which cannot be ignored."

"The critique is on four main aspects-the purpose of constituting the committee, the manner of its functioning, the arsaid.

The BJP prime ministerial candidate also criticised the UPA government for taking pride in repealing POTA.

"UPA is a mega-failure on all grounds, be it inflation, corruption, cash-for-vote politics or terrorism. It has lost all its credit in the last four-and-a-half-years," Advani said.

Earlier, in the day, Advani had accused the UPA government of dragging its feet on the issue of tough law on terrorism despite the Administrative Reforms Commission's recommendation for it.

He had said, "the Administrative Reforms Commission (ARC) has recommended for a tough law on terror. It's one week since the bomb blast in Delhi but UPA government has still not decided on introducing a stringent anti-terror law. It seems that they are not serious about it."

"They are simply playing vote-bank politics ahead of the general elections," he charged.

"The Union Government is yet to learn lesson from the serial blasts in the national capital and formulate a tough law to fight terrorism," Advani added.