Bhubaneswar, Apr 6 (UNI) BJP President Rajnath Singh today appealed to Muslims in the country to reject the ''minority appeasement'' policy of the Congress-led UPA government as he embarked on his 35-day-long Bharat Suraksha Yatra from this temple city.
''The BJP is not against Muslims...in fact the party wants that Hindus and Muslims should stay together and be treated equally,'' Mr Singh said Mr Singh said the minority community had been used as vote banks by the Congress and had not benefitted during the party's 42 years rule.
The BJP President commenced his yatra from here after addressing a huge rally attended by Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh, Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi and Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
Prior to embarking on the yatra, Mr Singh offered prayers to at the Jagannath Temple in Puri in the morning and later arrived here by road.
Coming down heavily on the UPA government, he said the country faced the threat of another division due to the Congress' appeasement policy, but the BJP would not allow it.
The UPA government had failed to check the menace of terrorism and growing Naxalism in the country, he said, adding that his yatra would make the people aware of the UPA's flawed policies which were detrimental to the development of the country.
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