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Reservation poses threat to India's int'l image: BJP

BJP called the HRD Ministry's proposal for reservations a show of oneupmanship by Arjun Singh over PM.

india Updated: Apr 08, 2006 18:45 IST

The BJP on Saturday called the HRD Ministry's proposal for reservations in Central education institutions a show of "one-upmanship" by Arjun Singh over Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

"It (the proposal) is an intra-party war. There are clear indications that Arjun Singh is trying one-upmanship over Manmohan Singh," BJP spokesman Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters in New Delhi.

However, he said his party would reserve its comprehensive reaction to the proposal until it studies it. "The party will come out with a structured view after going through it in detail," Prasad remarked.

But in a frank criticism of the reservation proposal on grounds of merit, BJP vice-president described the move as a threat to India's international reputation as a talent hub.

"India has world-class merit, especially in science and technology, but the UPA's reservation proposals, which are nothing but manifestation of the Congress-led government's 'great' appeasement policy, will just damage India's reputation as a talent hub and discourage merit," he said.

In a letter to the Prime Minister, Naqvi accused the Centre of playing vote politics in the name of reservations.

Referring to religion-based reservations in Aligarh Muslim University and the withdrawn Muslim count in armed forces, Naqvi insisted that all such moves of the ruling Congress have not benefited those target communities.

"Can your government explain to the nation how much benefit communities, for which such reservations have been announced in the past two years, have derived from such actions?" he said in his letter.

First Published: Apr 08, 2006 18:00 IST