Muslim quota row: Congress slams BJP’s criticism

January 11th, 2012 - 9:34 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata Party New Delhi, Jan 11 (IANS) The Congress Party Wednesday condemned Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Uma Bharati’s criticism of its promise of nine percent reservation for the backward sections of Muslims and other minorities in Uttar Pradesh, if voted to power.

“It is ironical that the BJP, which is culpable of injecting communal element in the body politic, is accusing the Congress of psychological division of the society,” Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said at a press briefing here.

“All know the character and conduct of the BJP. Even their phraseology is condemnable,” he added.

Bharati had earlier Wednesday criticised a statement by Law Minister Salman Khurshid in Uttar Pradesh Monday that the Congress stood for nine percent reservation in government jobs to backward Muslims in the state government jobs.

The BJP had even complained to the Election Commission Tuesday, which issued a notice to Khurshid.

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