Allahabad: Accusing Congress, Bahujan Samaj
Party and Samajwadi Party of being "hand-in-glove" over the
issues of corruption and vote bank politics, Bharatiya Janata
Party today declared if it failed to get majority in the Uttar
Pradesh Assembly elections, it would sit in the opposition.
"Both the Congress and the Samajwadi Party have promised
reservation for religious minorities in their election
manifestos. We would like to know how are they going to do
that when the Supreme Court has made it clear that reservation
cannot exceed 50 per cent".
He said the parties should explain whether they are
thinking of cutting into the quotas meant for the SCs and the
Moreover, the BSP which claims to be a champion of
Dalits, is maintaining an intriguing silence.
All these parties appear to be hand-in-glove", BJP
National President Nitin Gadkari told reporters here.
He said reservations based on religious identity were "at
variance with the stand taken by stalwarts like Jawaharlal
Nehru, Maulana Azad and Shyama Prasad Mookerjee when the issue
had come up for discussion before the Constituent Assembly".
"Moreover, these parties are talking of reservations not
because of any genuine concern about Muslims, but due to the
fact that they view the community as a mere vote bank", he
Gadkari said, "the tacit understanding between these
parties is not confined just to vote bank politics. They keep
helping each other whenever they are under attack for
The SP and the BSP helped the UPA government when a
no-confidence motion was brought in Parliament over the
burning issue of price rise.
They again supported the Congress-led coalition in its
defense against the damning report of the Public Accounts
Committee on the 2G scam.
The Congress has been returning the favour by forcing the
CBI to temper its investigations against Mulayam and Mayawati,
both of whom are facing serious charges of graft.