Congress had dubbed BJP anti-minority, alleges Dhumal

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Una, May 17 (UNI) Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal today alleged that the Congress along with its allies had tarnished the image of the BJP as an ''anti-minority'' political party.

Addressing an election meeting in Churari village of Kutlehar constituency, he countered that the Congress had always used the minorities, especially the Muslim community for votes.

Mr Dhumal said it was the BJP which had supported the candidature of APJ Abdul Kalam for the post of the president of the country and had even supported his continuation in office for a second term.

However, it was the Congress and its other UPA constituents that had opposed the proposal, he said, adding that in the current Lok Sabha, the BJP has 138 MPs, while its ally Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has nine MPs.

The BJP proposed the name of SAD MP Charanjit Singh Atwal for the post of the Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker since he belonged to the OBC as well as the minority Sikh community.

Lashing out at former chief minister Virbhadra Singh, he said after he failed to occupy the post of HP Congress Committee president and Congress Legislative Party (CLP) leader, he was in a perturbed mindset and was issuing needless statements against the BJP as well as his own party men.

The Chief Minister said the vindictive attitude of Mr Singh can be judged from the fact that on the first day of joining the office of Chief Minister of the state in 2003, he had ordered suspension of hundreds of government employees and ordered raids in some offices.

The BJP has provided relief to these victimized employees whose families had endured financial constraints during the last five years, he added.

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