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BJP Minorities Cell flayed for anti-Muslim remarks

Thursday 5 July 2007

Special Correspondent

BJP has no right to question our patriotism: Jamat-e-Islami chief

Jamat-e-Islami chief holds the Congress equally responsible for backwardness of Muslims

JAIPUR: The Rajasthan unit of Jamat-e-Islami Hind on Wednesday took strong exception to the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Minorities Cell disparaging the Justice Rajinder Sachar Committee report and describing the demand of Muslims for reservation as an anti-national act.

BJP leader and former Union Minister Shahnawaz Hussain addressing a Minorities Cell convention here last Saturday had described the Sachar Committee as a “fraud and political stunt” of the United Progressive Alliance Government in the Centre. BJP State president Mahesh Sharma went to the extent of referring to Prophet Mohammed to claim that a Muslim asking for reservation in jobs and education could “neither be true to his religion nor faithful to his country”.

Disapproving of the remarks of the two BJP leaders, Jamat-e-Islami State president Mohammed Salim said they signified “anti-Muslim mind-set” of the Sangh Parivar which had never liked the progress of the community. Mr. Salim said the BJP had no right to question the patriotism of Muslims, as its anti-Muslim stand on almost every issue was well-known.

The Jamat-e-Islami chief, holding the Congress party equally responsible for backwardness of Muslims, said it was strange that the community’s demand for reservation was always perceived as a threat to national unity and integrity.

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