Redefine the term 'minorities': Rajnath
Those accounting for more than 10% of India's population shouldn't be described as minorities, says the BJP chief.Updated: Jan 07, 2007 12:57 IST
Hitting out at the Congress policy of "minority appeasement", BJP president Rajnath Singh on Saturday asked for a redefinition of the term 'minorities'.
Kicking off the Shiv Sena-BJP campaign for the February 1 Mumbai civic polls in a joint rally with Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray in suburban Ghatkopar, Singh said, "The term minorities should be redefined and those accounting for more than 10 per cent of the country's population should not be described as minorities."
He said that even though the BJP was opposed to the Sachar committee report and the introduction of reservations for Muslims in jobs in Andhra Pradesh, the party wanted backward Muslims to get benefits of quota.
Singh also hit out at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for his controversial "Muslims first" statement, saying that it was "divisive" and should be recanted.
The Congress government at the Centre as well as the state had compromised on national security and national pride, the BJP president alleged.
Criticising the recent Indo-US nuclear deal, he said that by consenting to the bill the Indian government had "bowed before the US".
BJP and the Sena will not allow restraining of India's "nuclear capacity and nuclear autonomy," Singh said.
First Published: Jan 07, 2007 00:00 IST