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Sachar committee findings manipulated: BJP

March 31, 2007 13:23 IST

The Bharatiya Janata Party on Saturday stepped up its attack on the Centre over the Sachar committee, saying its contention that it had been manipulated for electoral reasons stood vindicated after a new report suggested Christians and not Muslims have the highest unemployment rate in the country.

"We have been saying it all along that the Sachar committee was created for vote-bank reasons. It was designed to serve a political purpose especially ahead of the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. The National Sample Survey Organisation report vindicates our assertion," BJP vice-president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said.

He alleged that the Congress-led Centre had no concrete plans aimed at uplift of Muslims.

"It is simply trying to exploit sentiments to win some votes. But people see through these designs," Naqvi remarked.

His comments came in the wake of the NSSO report that Christians have the lowest illiteracy levels and the highest unemployment rate in the country. It showed marginal difference between Hindus and Muslims in terms of joblessness.

The BJP leader also condemned the killing of five Hindu men in a Jammu village on Thursday night.

"This is something very serious and condemnable, and we would like to warn the government once again against any attempts to pull out troops from Jammu and Kashmir under any pressure from its ally (PDP)," Naqvi said.

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