We are not against Muslims,says BJP

In an apparent bid to wriggle out of the Congress’s attempt to trap them into communal-secular debate,the BJP leadership on Monday alleged that the ruling party was trying to paint the saffron party as averse to the minority community

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: July 30, 2013 1:45 am

In an apparent bid to wriggle out of the Congress’s attempt to trap them into communal-secular debate,the BJP leadership on Monday alleged that the ruling party was trying to paint the saffron party as averse to the minority community.

“They are giving this wrong impression for vote bank politics…We follow a policy of neither appeasement nor discrimination. The BJP is not against Muslims but against terrorism,” former party president Nitin Gadkari said on Monday while addressing BJP’s women workers.

Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley and party president Rajnath Singh highlighted the court verdict in Batla House encounter case to make similar points.

“Several Congress leaders visited the families of Batla House youths to express their solidarity,but did not bother about the police officer killed (in the encounter) just for the sake of vote bank politics,” Jaitley said.

Singh added,“Congress leaders asserted that (Batla House) encounter was fake and one minister even claimed that Congress president of crying after the encounter,but the court has now ruled it as genuine.”

“One Congress leader claimed that Indian Mujahideen was born after the 2002 Gujarat riots. If someone needs to know the horoscope of IM they should meet this Congress leader,” Singh said.

The BJP also attacked the SP for appeasing the minority community. Taking a dig at Akhilesh Yadav-led SP government in Uttar Pradesh,Jaitley said,“The UP government recently removed a lady officer. She was said to be honest officer,but she was removed for vote bank because she objected to an unauthorised structure of a particular religious group.”

The entire party leadership stressed the alleged misgovernance and economic mismanagement of Congress as the reason to reach out to the electorate for a “Congress mukt Bharat”.

“In states like Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh where we are in power,the workers should enumerate the various achievements of our governments while in Delhi and Rajasthan you should tell people about the failures of the Congress there and at the Centre,” Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj exhorted party’s women worker hinting that elections may happen earlier than scheduled.

“Mission 2014 may become Mission 2013 looking at the state of this government,” Swaraj said.

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