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Jaitley counters Muslim quota,says it will divide nation on religious lines

BJP leader Arun Jaitley slammed the UPA government's proposal of reservation for Muslims within the OBC quota,calling it an attempt by the Congress to divide the nation and society on the basis of religion.

Written by Express News Service | Lucknow |
December 19, 2011 3:26:22 am

BJP leader Arun Jaitley slammed the UPA government’s proposal of reservation for Muslims within the OBC quota,calling it an attempt by the Congress to divide the nation and society on the basis of religion.

Addressing a Nav Matdata Sammelan of the BJP youth wing in Lucknow,Jaitley said the Constitution has provision for reservation on social grounds,not on the grounds of religion. However,the Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party could support the move as both practise politics of caste,he added.

Jaitley said the Congress had a very small vote bank in UP and its leaders lacked attraction. “The party has no base in western UP,hence it tied up with a regional political party there.” He was referring to Rashtriya Lok Dal chief Ajit Singh,who was today sworn in as Union cabinet minister in New Delhi.

After the Assembly elections,the Congress could become a “tail” of either the BSP or SP and support it in the Assembly and take its support in Parliament,Jaitley said. “The BJP will never support SP or BSP in UP. But can the Congress make such an announcement about SP and BSP?”

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On the Lokpal bill,Jaitley said the BJP had demanded that the CBI be brought under the Lokpal to ensure fair and independent investigation. “The BJP also demands change in structure of the CBI. The agency should not be under the control of the Centre.”

Jaitley called upon the youths to ensure a repeat of 1991,when the BJP got majority in the UP. Two years earlier,the party had only 52 MLAs in Assembly.

BJP state president Surya Pratap Shahi highlighted the achievements of the Atal Behari Vajpayee government,saying,”The Atal government made the country to proud by conducting nuclear tests. The value of the rupee strengthened against the dollar only during his regime.”

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