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?Muslims don?t have ?first claim?: BJP

india Updated: Dec 11, 2006 01:18 IST

ALL INDIANS have an equal right on the country’s resources and the Muslims neither have any exclusive right nor ‘first claim’ on these resources, said BJP state president Kesari Nath Tripathi while talking to reporters here today.
Reacting to the Prime Minister’s comment on the “first right to Muslims” on the country’s resources, Tripathi said the Congress had touched the nadir of minority appeasement for votebank politics and had compromised even with the country’s interests, sovereignty, unity and security in the process.

Questioning the authenticity of the Sachar Committee report, Tripathi said it was nothing but a Congress CD played through the Sachar music system with the sole goal to appease Muslims, who, in any case, were not ready to go with the Congress.

He said the poor and the downtrodden might belong to any caste or community and there was no justification in helping anybody on priority just because he or she was a Muslim, Hindu or Christian as the poverty and illiteracy had no religion.
Why was the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government so concerned about unemployment, illiteracy, poverty, deprivation and starvation of Muslims alone, he said, and added that crores of Hindus were also living below the poverty line but nobody seemed to be bothered about them in their own country.

Drawing a parallel between Mohammad Ali Jinnah and Manmohan Singh, Tripathi warned against such ‘political, bias, communal and uncalled for’ statements as they pave the way for yet another division of the country in the name of religion.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would go to any extent to oppose UPA Government’s ‘please Muslims’ move and would soon exposed political parties, including the Congress, Bahujan Samaj Party and the Samajwadi Party, which were neglecting and humiliating the Hindus in their own country for vote bank