BJP will oppose quota for Muslims, says Rajnath

Published: Sunday, November 12, 2006, 21:13 [IST]
 

New Delhi, Nov 12 (UNI) BJP president Rajnath Singh today said his party would oppose any move by the Manmohan Singh government to introduce reservation for Muslim community in government jobs.

''The Prime Minister has talked about Muslims not getting their 'fair share' in government jobs and other employment schemes, we would like to state that the BJP will oppose any such move,'' Mr Singh told NDTV in an interview.

He said reservations on religious grounds went against the Constitution adding his party opposed the setting up of the Sachchar Committee and it would continue to oppose it in Parliament and outside.

He, however, said if Muslims as a community were not benefiting from the country's progress, ''we have to find some ways to help them''.

Reacting to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's comment that the BJP had not been able to prove itself effective in the Opposition as its top leaders like Atal Bihari Vajpayee and L K Advani were busy infighting, Mr Singh said the Prime Minister should not have commented on the internal affairs of another party.

''It was frivolous of the Prime Minister to make that comment.

Mr Advani and Mr Vajpayee have had an outstanding record of coordinating working inside and outside Parliament,'' he said.

He said there was nothing wrong in the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh helping the BJP during elections as it did recently in the elections to the Uttar Pradesh local bodies.

''The RSS is not a political entity but if their members help us during elections, we welcome them. We hope that the RSS members will help us during coming assembly elections in the Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal and Delhi,'' Mr Singh said.

On the recent bypolls, he said the results had boosted the morale of party workers. ''We have shown everyone that we are the number one party in UP and we are going to repeat that performance in the Vidhan Sabha elections.'' UNI FZ Mir RK1940


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