FORMER UNION Minister Murli Manohar Joshi said here today that any inquiry into the Ambedkar statue desecration episode by the Uttar Pradesh Police or any such other agency could not be impartial. Therefore, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader said, the probe into the episode must be entrusted to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
Joshi was in the city today to take part in several functions. Speaking to mediapersons, he also said the BJP would go to any length to prevent the Sachar Committee recommendations from being implemented.
“The Sachar panel report has been tabled in Parliament with an eye on the Vidhan Sabha elections in UP,” he said, adding that neither was the report in national interest nor in the interest of the Muslims.
Lashing out at the Congress, Joshi said, “About 20 years ago even the Mandal Commission had identified Backwards among the Muslim community. If the Congress was genuinely interested in the welfare of the Muslims why did they delay any action on the commission’s report till now?” Referring to the Constitution-makers, Joshi said even they were against reservation on the basis of religion.
“More and more Muslims are being inducted into Government services. The day is not far when the Jains, Christians and members of the Baudh community would also demand reservation,” he said.
He said instead of indulging in vote bank politics, the government must focus on positive issues like ensuring ensuring education for the underprivileged.
Joshi also demanded a “clear stand” by Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the death penalty awarded to Afzal Guru. Joshi also criticized the Mulayam Government and Centre for failure to check terrorism in the state.