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UPA using edu-policy for vote bank

?UTTAR PRADESH has gone out of country?s frame,? summed up former HRD minister and senior BJP leader Dr Murli Manohar Joshi about the state of affairs of the Mulayam led State Government.

india Updated: Jan 31, 2006 00:37 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent

“UTTAR PRADESH has gone out of country’s frame,” summed up former HRD minister and senior BJP leader Dr Murli Manohar Joshi about the state of affairs of the Mulayam led State Government.

Dr Joshi who was here to attend a programme at a school while talking to mediapersons said that the reservation policy should be formed on the basis of economic backwardness while keeping aside the criteria of upper caste and lower caste.

Lambasting the Centre, he said that the Union Government was using education policy for the sake of votebank and nothing else. Corroborating his claim, he said formation of the Minority Education Commission was the outcome of the same policy. He, however, said that status of minorities would not improve with such commissions.

He alleged that the UPA government was making effort to change the very objective of the Indian Constitution and was moving towards another division of the country. However, their dreams would not be fulfilled, he added.

Dr Joshi urged the UPA government not to make mockery of education and said that effort to provide minority status was wrong in every sense. He said when the AMU was formed, an aim was made that the institute would work without any prejudices and biases however, later on Muslims were given undue importance, which was wrong. He asked does the same thing ever happen at Banaras Hindu University?

He said the court has even rejected reservation on religious ground. He said such reservation would give a dent to competitive skills among the minorities. He said the Christians and the Muslims were very much part of the country so in fact they should not be treated as minorities. He said no party be it the Muslim League could not survive without the support of Hindus.

Coming on the Buta Singh episode, he said the BJP’s demand for the resignation of Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and Home Minister Shivraj Patil was right.

Citing reasons, he said that when Buta Singh presented the report to the Centre, the PM and the Home Minister believing it to be right went ahead with the action. But, the Supreme Court stated that the action was unwarranted.

Thus, the PM and the Home Minister should resign.

He said besides, the UPA government had even misguided the President on the issue which was immoral. Commenting on Rajnath Singh, Dr Joshi said that the new president was doing well to strengthen the party. Dr Joshi, however, refused to make any comment on Kalyan Singh and Uma Bharti.

First Published: Jan 31, 2006 00:37 IST