Cong dividing country on religious lines : BJP

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New Delhi, Mar 3 (UNI) The Bharatiya Janata Party today accused the Congress-led UPA government of trying to divide the country on religious lines like the British had done in 1947 for vote bank politics and lashed out at its economic and agricultural policies.

The Party also dared the Congress to bring in the Women's Reservation Bill and announced its ''unconditional'' support to it (the Bill) if the government brought it.

BJP President Rajnath Singh, participating in the debate in Rajya Sabha on the Motion of Thanks on the President's Address, strongly criticised the government's announcement of shortlisting minority-dominated 90 districts for developmental packages.

If at all developmental plans are announced, it should be on the basis of backwardness and not religion, he added.

''Such an attitude wil tear apart the country's social fabric...Just like during the British rule, the Muslim League had announced Greater Muslim Autonomy, which ultimately resulted in the country's division, similar policies are being pursued by the present UPA government,'' he said amid loud protests by Congress members.

On the Women's Reservation Bill, the BJP President said his Party would support it if the government brought it.

Ms Sushma Swaraj (BJP), who stood up in support of her Party President, said Mr Rajnath Singh had given the assurance in the Parliament.

''The ball is now in the court of the government,'' she said.

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