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Govt wants to divide nation again: BJP

Govt wants to divide nation again: BJP

Author: Pioneer News Service
Publication: The Pioneer
Date: December 2, 2004

Muslim quota in paramilitary forces ---- The BJP on Thursday charged the Manmohan Singh Government with taking a decision on reservation for Muslims that could have divisive effect in the country.

BJP spokesman VK Malhotra said the Ministry of Home Affairs had asked Central Para-military Forces to ensure that 20 per cent of total recruitment should be of Muslims. He said MHA Minister of State Sri  Prakash Jaiswal had substantiated it.

The party charged that the move was "illegal, unconstitutional and  against the interests of the nation." The BJP believed in equality of all  citizens without any discrimination on the basis of religion. "The Government  wants to divide the nation, once again." The proposal to give a Constitutional status to the Minority Commission and a separate commission to give affiliation to minority institutions followed the pattern of pre-Independent India which ultimately led to the partition of the  country and creation of Pakistan.

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