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Religion must not be criterion for reservation : Rajnath

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Gopalganj, Apr 16 (UNI) BJP President Rajnath Singh today cautioned the Centre against reservation on religious lines as it would be detrimental to the country's unity and integrity.

During the last leg of his 'Bharat Suraksha Rath Yatra' in Bihar and before entering the borders of neighbouring Uttar Pradesh, Mr Singh told mediapersons here that reservation should be given only to those who fell under the bracket of the socially and educationally backward classes.

Amidst demands from various minority communities for reservation in government services, Mr Singh said, ''Reservation on religion basis is bound to spark tension among people of different communities and result in disintegration of the social fabric of the country.'' Squarely blaming the UPA government for the recent terrorist attacks on Sankat Mochan temple in Varanasi and Jama Masjid in New Delhi, the BJP leader reiterated withdrawal of POTA had sent a wrong message to the disruptive forces and their morale was at an all time high.

Taking strong exception to the 'religious conversion' promoted by Christian missionaries, Mr Singh demanded the Centre take concrete steps to stop the 'menace' as it would render the Hindu community a minority in the years to come.

Expressing concern over the plight of farmers, Mr Singh urged the UPA government to implement the crop insurance scheme to compensate the farmers in case of loss due to natural calamities.

He charged the UPA government with 'suppressing' the kickbacks in defence deals in which Italian businessman Ottavio Quattrocchhi was allegedly involved. He alleged that the Centre was also trying to hush up the oil-for-food scam.

To a query about the non-formation of the coordination committee of JD(U) and BJP in Bihar, he said both the parties were working in tandem with each other and formal announcement of the co-ordination committee would be made soon.

UNI XC RS SP YA HT1628

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