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BJP opposes quotas on basis of religion: Rajnath

April 12, 2007 21:17 IST

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Coverage: Uttar Pradesh Elections 2007
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Bharatiya Janata Party president Rajnath Singh said on Thursday that his party was against reservation on the basis of religion and would oppose any move to introduce such quotas.

"BJP favours reservation for the poor, Dalits and backwards but is opposed to religion being made the basis of reservation and will always oppose any such move," Singh said at an election rally in Bisauli.

Referring to the controversial CD, Singh said all of the BJP's political opponents were demanding de-recognition of the party branding it as 'communal' and a case was also filed against him in this connection.

On the 'lack of development' in Uttar Pradesh, Singh said though Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav failed on his promise of making it 'an uttam pradesh', people of his caste and party have however, 'benefitted from the government throughout the state'.

Taking a dig at both the Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party for 'announcing their resolve to put each others' leaders in jail if voted to power', Singh said the leaders of these parties faced CBI inquiry into allegations of corruption against them and they would 'eventually be behind bars for their misdeeds'.

Alleging that the union government was 'protecting' Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, Singh said if voted to power at the Centre, his party would ensure that the capital punishment awarded to Guru was carried out.

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