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BJP flays UPA on reservation for Muslims

Rajnath Singh describes the move as another shameful attempt to induct communal reservation, reports HS Bartwal.

india Updated: Nov 13, 2006 23:03 IST
HS Bartwal
HS Bartwal

The BJP on Monday condemned the UPA's attempts to provide religion-based reservations to Muslims and Christians "under the guise" of implementing the M Veerappa Moily oversight committee's recommendations.

Party president Rajanth Singh described it as "another shameful attempt" to induct communal reservation despite a clear and categorical rejection by the court in Andhra Pradesh government's decision to provide quota for minorities.

In a statement, Singh said the socially and educationally deprived sections of minority community were already benefited under the OBC category.

"We are in favour of justice to all the deprived sections of the society, including those of minority community. But any attempt to provide reservation to the followers of an entire religion seems non-substantive and misleading," he stated.

The BJP chief also asked the government to clarify how it could provide new reservation after the constitutional limit of 50 per cent quota was already exhausted.

It could only provide reservation to minorities by cutting the share of SC/ST or OBCs and this was not acceptable to the BJP, he said.

First Published: Nov 13, 2006 23:03 IST