Dehra Dun: BJP on Saturday criticised the `Vision
Document` of Congress saying mention of religion-based quota
made it look like a "division document" and asked the party to
reconsider it in national interest.
"The Vision Document of Congress seems more like division
document as it states about providing reservation on the basis
of religion. I want to ask Congress to reconsider it as it is
neither in the interest of the nation nor any political
party," senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley today said.
He said providing reservation on the basis of religion
would not only divide the society but also deprive backward
classes of their genuine rights. "This deprivation could
agitate the people belonging to backward classes and lead to
tension in the society," he said.
Jaitley said the Congress has announced its decision to
give even 9 per cent reservation to Muslims within the OBC
quota in Uttar Pradesh if the party is voted to power despite
the fact that the Constitution did not allow reservation on
the basis of the religion.
In this regard, he said, Uttar Pradesh has become a
battleground for "competitive communalism".
He accused the Congress of diverting from issues of
development and corruption and instead trying to win elections
by dividing the society.
Jaitley claimed that there is anti-Congress mood in the
country "as the Congress-led government has not only failed to
check soaring price rise but also established new dimensions
To a question on Ram temple, he said BJP was always in
favour of a negotiated solution.
Jaitley also alleged that Congress` attitude towards
Uttarakhand has always been "unfriendly".
"Congress always ignored the demand of separate
Uttarakhand as they have been doing now in the case of
Telangana (in Andhra Pradesh). Secondly, they also snatched
the industrial package from Uttarakhand, which it got from the
centre during (Atal Behari) Vajpayee government," he said.
On the other hand, he said, the BJP always supported the
cause of Uttarakhand and showed its commitment.
Claiming that the BJP would get the benefit of good and
credible leadership of Chief Minister B C Khanduri in the
January 30 polls, Jaitley said, "By winning elections under
the leadership of Khanduriji, it would be proved that people
give importance to the credibility of the leader. It pays to
To a question, he dismissed suggestions that BJP
remembered Khanduri only at the time of elections and said he
(Khanduri) has worked in several capacities in the government
as well as the party organisation for the past several years.
When asked as to why Khanduri was removed in 2009, Jaitley
said it was a a decision of the leadership after the party
fared badly in the Lok Sabha elections in the state.
Regarding Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, Jaitley
said the entire world believes that his government is doing a
good job and even the opposition Congress has also accepted
To a question, Jaitley said BJP leader Uma Bharti has
already made it clear that she is not in the race for post of
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and that there is no dispute in
the party on the issue.
Regarding prime ministerial candidate of the BJP, Jaitley
said the party would take a decision in this regard when the
(Lok Sabha) elections come.