Bhubaneswar, Apr 06: BJP President Rajnath Singh today appealed to the Muslims in the country to reject the 'minority appeasement' policy of the Congress led UPA government.
The BJP, he said, was not against the Muslims but want that they stay together and be treated at par with the Hindus in the country.
Mr Singh asked the Muslims to find out for themselves how they have been benefited during the 42 years rule of the Congress except being used as a 'vote bank'.
The BJP President commenced his 35-day long Bharat Surakhya Yatra from this temple city after addressing a big rally attended by Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda, Chatishgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh, Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi and Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
Prior to his yatra, Mr Singh had offered prayer to Lord Jagannath at the Jagannath Temple in Puri in the morning and arrived here by road to begin his yatra.
Coming down heavily on the UPA government, the BJP President said the country faces another division following the Congress' appeasement policy, but the BJP would not allow the UPA to succeed in their attempt.
The UPA government, Mr Singh said, had failed to face the problem of terrorism and the growing naxalism in the country adding that his yatra would awaken the people to realise the UPA's faulty policies which are detrimental to the development of the country.
Mr Singh claimed that the NDA government, led by Atal Behari Vajpayee, had taken strong steps to check terrorism and naxalism. But, the UPA government just reversed it by scrapping the POTA which would have been on the otherhand strengthened to deal with the terrorists. Such action of the UPA government gave ample indication to the terrorists that the government was taking a soft stand towards them.
The Naxalite activities, he said, increased after the UPA government assumed power.
Instead of combating the naxalites, the Centre was not providing the required help to the states to counter the menace, Mr Singh said.
He said the researchers should be asked to study and find out the reasons as to why the Congress was not being able to control the price rise when the NDA government led by A B Vajpayee had effectively checked the price rise during its six years rule.
Mr Singh said the NDA had reduced the interest rate on agricultural loan from 14 to 9 per cent and wanted it to further reduce to 5 per cent. He urged the Centre to ensure that the rate of interest on the agricultural loan should not be increased to more than five per cent.
The BJP President further said the NDA was interested to have Firm income insurance scheme to protect the farmers from the crop loss but the UPA government has kept the matter in cold storage.
He said the development of India would not be feasible without the development of the rural areas and the farmers.
Expressing concern over the conversion and infiltration, Mr Singh said the demographic profile of the country reflected a disturbing trend with the Hindu population declining from 87 per cent to 83 per cent.
He charged the Communist party for exploiting the sentiments of the poor and unemployed and influencing them to become naxalites.
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