Congress, SP playing vote bank politics: BJP

BJP accused the Congress and SP of playing vote bank politics in Uttar Pradesh due to their "desperate" situation in the coming Assembly polls there.

Updated: Feb 01, 2012, 16:38 PM IST

Lucknow: BJP on Wednesday accused the Congress and
SP of playing vote bank politics in Uttar Pradesh due to their
"desperate" situation in the coming Assembly polls there.

The party also alleged that the Congress manifesto
referring to Babri mosque was a contempt of court and it would
seek legal advice on the issue.

"What was the need today to introduce religion based
politics...Congress is doing all this with the eye on assembly
polls," BJP President NItn Gadkari said.

He claimed that out of political interest Congress was
talking about nine per cent reservation and SP about 18 per
cent quota purely to derive political advantage.
"Congress is in a desperate situation and can do anything
to win the polls," Gadkari said.

On Shahi Imam of Delhi Jama Masjid Maulana Bukhari`s
appeal in favour of the Samajwadi Party, he said that it was
the dream of Mulayam Singh Yadav to crown his son Akhilesh the
CM. Congress president Sonia Gandhi was also keen on making
Rahul Prime Minister.

"For vote bank they can do anything," he alleged.
The BJP President said, "From the High Court order it is
clear which place is the birth place of Lord Ram...despite
this Congress terming it as the Babri mosque is contempt of

He said that the court has said this with clarity about
Ram Janmbhoomi and the matter was pending in the Supreme

"By terming it a disputed site and talking about its
protection, Congress has insulted the court and this is
against the spirit of its order," Gadkari said.

"We will seek legal advice as it amounts to contempt of
court," he said.

Gadkari said, "Lord Ram is the symbol of integrity of the
entire country. It`s not about Hindu and Muslim. BJP is of the
view that a grand temple should be constructed with the
contribution of all. This is the wish of all people of the

"After the court`s order, Congress should have taken a
lead and suggested the way for paving the path for
construction of the temple and take credit," Gadkari said.

"Congress leaders never went to the house of martyr of
Batla house encounter Mohan Chand Sharma even once, but they
went to Azamgarh to visit the house of terrorists. Despite
court orders Afzal Guru has not been hanged till date," he

On the issue of minority reservation, Gadkari further
said that the Congress does not have any regard for Nehru. "In
the constituent assembly all including Nehru, Sardar Patel, Dr
Ambedkar and Mulana Azad opposed religion-based reservation".

On his party`s prospects in Assembly elections in five
states, Gadkari said that BJP worked on the principle of
collective leadership and prestige of all was at stake.

"BJP is not the party of mother-son or father-son. It is
a democratic party. We all work collectively on the principle
of collective leadership," he said.

He said that it was only in BJP where a common worker
like him become the national president and a farmer`s son can
become a chief minister.

"This is the USP of the party. In the assembly polls
prestige of all is at stake, especially workers. If we emerge
victorious all will be included in that," he said.

Gadkari claimed that in UP elections BJP would emerge as
number one as there was a clear and massive undercurrent in
its favour.

"It is clear that we will achieve majority on our
strength," he added.

On prospective CM candidate in UP, BJP president said
that the decision would be taken by the elected

"I have said this time and again that we are contesting
elections in a collective leadership of Rajnath Singh, Kalraj
Mishra, Uma Bharati and Surya Pratap Shahi. Selection of CM
would be done by the elected representatives," he said.