Quota decision: Centre trying to divert attention from Lokpal,says BJP

Accusing the UPA government of carving out a sub-quota for Muslims within the 27 per cent reservation for OBCs to divert the people’s attention from the controversy over the Lokpal Bill,the Bharatiya Janata Party on Saturday said the measure will create a divide between Hindus and Muslims.

Written by Express News Service | Lucknow | Published:January 25, 2012 4:29 am

Accusing the UPA government of carving out a sub-quota for Muslims within the 27 per cent reservation for OBCs to divert the people’s attention from the controversy over the Lokpal Bill,the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday said the measure will create a divide between Hindus and Muslims.

Addressing a press conference today,state party president Surya Pratap Shahi and former MP chief minister Uma Bharti said the BJP would organise protests against the measure at all district headquarters on December 27.

Bharti said: “Pakistan is a declared Islamic state and hence it provides reservation to Hindus. India is a Hindu nation but not a Hindu state and hence reservation on religious grounds should not be given here.”

Shahi said the Centre’s action was contrary to the Constitution. “BR Ambedkar and Jawaharlal Nehru had both opposed reservation for any specific religion. The Congress is now following the policies of Muslim League,” Shahi said.

He said that the decision was politically motivated,not in the interest of Muslims or the country,and meant to mislead the community ahead of the elections in the state. Bharti announced that the party’s deferred campaigns — ‘Pradesh Bachao-BJP lao’ and ‘Jal Yatra’ — would now restart on January 2.

Bharti will restart the campaigns from Vrindavan in Mathura on January 2.

Review transfer of administrative and police officials: BJP to EC

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has requested the Election Commission to conduct a review of the transfers of administrative and police officers that the state government has made in the month of December,while the Samajwadi Party has appealed for the removal of the officers currently posted as Cabinet Secretary,Principal Secretary (Home) and Director General of Police (DGP).

Soon after the announcement of election dates,BJP state president Surya Pratap Shahi wrote a letter to the UP Chief Electoral Officer and the Election Commission of India,saying that the state government had ordered transfers and postings in several districts with an ulterior motive. The continuance of such officers could affect the conduct of fair elections in the state,he said.

“The BJP will soon give the EC a list of administrative and police officers who were involved in corruption and had been close to the BSP regime and ask for transfer of such officers in the interest of fair elections,” said party spokesperson Manoj Mishra.

Meanwhile,SP spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhary said,in a press statement,that administrative officers currently posted as Cabinet Secretary,Principal Secretary (Home) and DGP should be removed because they had acted as “middlemen of the BSP” during the Mayawati regime. Chaudhary alleged that these officers had influenced the election process in favour of the ruling party in the past also.

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