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Indore (Madhya Pradesh): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday said it would oppose reservations on religious basis tooth and nail and make any sacrifice to stop the move.
"The BJP strongly opposes the move of communal reservations as it is aimed at dividing the people on communal lines. This move is not only anti-secular but also anti-nation. It will hurt mostly the interests of the backward classes," said senior BJP leader M. Venkaiah Naidu at the concluding day of the three-day National Executive and Council Meeting of the party.
"If not reversed, it is bound to be emulated by other governments led by parties that are today locked in competitive pseudo-secularism, thus expanding the geographical spread of the poisonous seed," he said.
Slamming the ruling Congress for pursuing reservation policy on religious lines, Naidu said: "This is a retrograde move which, if not immediately reversed, will sow the poisonous seed for the growth of a new communal movement inspired by the Two-Nation Theory that led to the tragic partition of our Motherland in 1947."
Calling the move communalisation of development, BJP said: "Earlier, the wooing of the Muslim community was couched in the language of minority welfare. Today, the UPA Government has shed its camouflage and is explicitly courting the Muslim community alone."
West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee this month announced ten percent job reservation for Muslims who are socially, economically and educationally backward under the OBC (Other Backward Class) category, taking the OBC quota to 17 from 7 in the state.
The chief minister’s announcement came amidst the recommendations of the Justice Ranganathan Mishra report on jobs for the minority and the status of religious and linguistic minorities in the country as a whole.
Source: New Kerala