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BJP flays Paswan on Muslim reservations

The BJP spokesman is demanding that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh explain his stance on religion-based reservations.

india Updated: Nov 10, 2006 20:17 IST

The BJP on Friday lashed out at Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan for seeking job reservation for Muslims saying that the demand was “unfortunate” and “unconstitutional”.

This move had once again set off "competitive one-upmanship" for minority appeasement which was least concerned about their welfare but more about their votes, the party said.

BJP spokesman Ravi Shankar Prasadasked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to break his silence on the issue and explain his position on religion-based reservations.

“What is truly disturbing is that the courts whether in Andhra Pradesh or in case of Aligarh Muslim University had repeatedly held that religion-based reservation has no constitutional sanctity.

Yet, to revive it for the sake of pure vote bank politics points to a dangerous doctrine which has mischief potential to divide the nation once again,” he said.

Maintaining that the BJP would oppose tooth and nail any such move, he said the “so-called champions” of minority rights must explain why the Muslims had lagged behind in economic,education and social developmentmore than 55 yrs after independence.

First Published: Nov 10, 2006 20:17 IST