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Uma criticises Yaqoob?s remark

THE EXPELLED BJP leader Uma Bharti today severely criticised the statement of Haj Minister Haji Yaqoob Quereshi announcing a reward of Rs 51 crore to a person who could behead the Danish cartoonist for ridiculing the Prophet.

india Updated: Feb 20, 2006 01:15 IST

THE EXPELLED BJP leader Uma Bharti today severely criticised the statement of Haj Minister Haji Yaqoob Quereshi announcing a reward of Rs 51 crore to a person who could behead the Danish cartoonist for ridiculing the Prophet.

Addressing her Janadesh Yatra rally here on Sunday, Bharti urged Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav to expel Quereshi from the UP Cabinet. She said that repercussions of such announcement could be very dangerous and questioned what action should have been taken against MF Hussain for desecrating Hindu goddess?

She urged the voters to defeat those parties which were indulging in corruption. Terming the SP as ‘dacoit’ and the BSP ‘thief’, she said the people were left with a little option.

She further said that a ‘sanyasin’ had come between the ‘thief’ and the ‘dacoit’. Terming herself as the real face of the BJP, she said while she had not changed, the party leadership had shunned its ideology without taking into confidence the common party workers. She also said that the ideological change in the party came after Lal Krishna Advani’s visit to Lahore.

Without naming any one in the BJP, she compared the party leaders with Porus’s elephant which became the cause of his debacle.

Terming Uttar Pradesh as Uttar Ka Pradesh (A state which gives answer), former Chief minister of Madhya Pradesh said that the people had always given answer to the problem: be it the demolition of disputed structure at Ayodhya or turning political equation by ensuring absolute majority to the BJP in the state.
She urged people to oust the criminal elements which were ruling the roost. Mentioning the name of gangster-turned MLA Mukhtar Ansari, she asked the people not to vote for such leaders.

Talking on the Ram temple issue, she said that she believed in sarva dharm sambhav and that was why she was of the view that mosque and church were pious places. “But the same thing is expected from the Muslims as far as temple is concerned,” she said.

She said Muslims should respect Hindu sentiments and pave way for the construction of a temple at Ayodhya. She also urged Muslims not to stick to their guns on Kashi and Mathura.

Former State Minister for Education Ravindra Shukla, who announced his resignation from the BJP, former MLA Ramashish Rai, SP leader Ashok Dixit, BJP district president from Hamirpur Baburam Nishad and city BJP leader and organiser of the rally Viveksheel Shukla, were also present at the rally.