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Congress rejects BJP offer for common platform

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, Apr 5 (UNI) The Congress today ''unequivocally'' rejected the offer of veteran BJP leader L K Advani for a 'common cause' on a wide area of politics and governance in the event of the party reversing its ''politics of minorityism.'' Maintaining that the party did not pursue minority appeasement, Congress spokesperson Jayanti Natarajan also made light of the twin yatras to be undertaken by BJP President Rajnath Singh and Mr Advani from tomorrow, terming them ''flawed in concept and design and doomed to fail.'' ''We reject in no uncertain terms any possible proposal to work ith the BJP now or in future,'' she said, noting both parties stood at ''opposite ends of politics and therefore, we could not share a common platform.'' In this context, Ms Natarajan said both the Congress and the BJP did not have a shared vision. ''We don't agree with the brand of fundamentalist politics and efforts of the BJP to communlise the society for narrow political advantage,'' she noted.

Ahead of his ''Bharat Suraksha Yatra,'' Mr Advani had yesterday said that ''a firm foundation would have been laid for the two principal national parties to make a common cause in a very wide area of politics and governance, the day the Congress Party honestly accepts that communalisation of domestic policy is not in India's national interests and reverses its politics of minorityism.'' Criticising the BJP for undertaking the twin-yatra for ''exposing the minority appeasement of the Congress,'' Ms Natarajan said her party stood for a secular polity.

''It is incorrect to say that the Congress is appeasing a minority or the majority. Speaking out for the victims of state-sponsored genocide in Gujarat does not amount to minority appeasement,'' she said.

Saying that such yatras would only help to divide the society, she said the BJP ''stands guilty in the eyes of the people for dividing the country and destroying and communalising secular politics and domestic policy at every level when they were in power.'' ''They have no locus standi to accuse the Congress of communalising anything. They are the first culprits who communalised everything,'' she asserted.


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