'Cong trying to use religion to divide nation'
Bangalore, Mar 27: The Bharatiya Janata Party Minorities Morcha today accused the Congress of hatching a conspiracy to divide the nation once again on the basis of religion by propagating separate reservation for Muslims in the country.
Talking to newspersons here, Party Minorities Morcha National President Tanvir Hyder Usman said there was no provision in the Constitution to provide reservation on the lines of religion.
Attempts made by the Congress government in Andhra Pradesh in this regard had failed as the Supreme Court disallowed it, he pointed out.
He alleged that the Congress-led UPA government in the Centre, instead of providing reservation on income basis, was planning separate reservation for muslims keeping an eye on the vote bank.
Strongly condemning the recent terror attack on a temple at Varanasi, Mr Usman said Islam never endorsed such mindless acts of violence. A large number of muslims, including women, had staged a protest against the incidient, he pointed out.
He also urged the Ulemas in the country to issue a 'Fatwa' against terrorists responsible for such acts.
Mr Usman informed that he had held talks with senior party leader and Deputy Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on chalking out various welfare programmes for the benefit of minorities in the state. He also urged him to name party workers, especially activists of the Minority Morcha, for the posts of Chairmen and members of various Boards and Corporations.
He said that if the new JD(S)-BJP coalition government in the state provided a good administration, it would help the party to widen its base in the other southern states.