Nagpur: Terming as "opportunistic" UPA
government`s move to carve out a 4.5 per cent sub-quota for
minorities within the 27 per cent reservation for OBCs, BJP
leader Murli Manohar Joshi on Monday appealed to the Election
Commission to intervene and stop implementation of the same.
"Timing of the decision (regarding sub-quota for
minorities) by UPA government and announcement of poll dates
(for five states) was so close that Election Commission must
dispel the lurking doubt from the minds of people about this
curious coincidence. It is necessary for EC to maintain its
own fair and impartial image," he said.
The decision regarding the quota by the Union Cabinet
recently would pave way for reservation in government jobs and
educational institutions for minorities as defined in section
2 (C) of the National Commission for Minorities Act, 1992.
Joshi also slammed the Centre for proposing reservation
for minorities in the anti-graft bench of Lokpal Bill, dubbing
it as "divisive" and "gross abuse of power for petty vote bank
UPA is trying to disrupt social and communal harmony by
such moves, he alleged.
The former BJP president was in the city to meet RSS chief
About the recent announcement by EC to monitor movement
and campaign of Team Anna in the poll-bound states of Uttar
Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa, Manipur and Punjab, Joshi said,
"How can the constitutional body prevent social groups from
campaigning in elections and create awareness among people?"
Objecting to MoS PMO V Naraian Sami`s statement that
government would tackle Team Anna with an iron hand, Joshi
said EC should take serious note of such remarks.