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Gadkari hits out at Centre's 'minority appeasement' policy

india Updated: Apr 05, 2010 19:26 IST

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BJP president Nitin Gadkari on Monday criticised the Congress for its "minority appeasement" policy saying this was threatening the country's unity.

"The minority appeasement policy has threatened to break the fabric of the nation as well its unity and integrity," Gadkari told a public rally here.

"What is the necessity of appeasing the minority community and create a divide between the so called majority and minority," he said on his maiden visit to the state.

Gadkari also charged the Congress with following another policy of appeasement of terrorists.

"There has been no terror attack in the US after the 9/11 attack but in our country this has unfortunately become the order of the day thanks to this policy of the ruling party," he said.

Gadkari said BJP always stood for nationalism and the erstwhile NDA regime dealt sternly with any attempt to divide the country.

The BJP leader also hit out at the Congress for "sheltering" infiltrators from neighbouring Bangladesh.

"No other country in the world allows infiltrators to settle down and make it their home. This is only seen in our country where thousands and thousands of Bangladeshi infiltrators are residing."

He said Congress was doing it in the interest of protecting its vote bank, adding the problem of infiltrators has assumed dangerous proportion in Assam.

He also said the wrong economic policies of the Congress and the UPA and bad governance have given rise to price rise.

Gadkari said India had the highest rate of 11 per cent inflation. He also gave comparative figures of prices of essential commodities during the NDA and the UPA regimes and claimed that the stable political situation during NDA did not allow prices to rise.