BJP plays `secular` card ahead of LAHDC polls

Senior BJP leaders, including former Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhra Raje Scindia, today attended a party rally here ahead of the October 16 polls to the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC).

Last Updated: Oct 11, 2010, 23:42 PM IST

Leh: Senior BJP leaders, including former
Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhra Raje Scindia, today
attended a party rally here ahead of the October 16 polls to
the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC).

Besides Raje, Leader of Opposition in State Assembly
Chaman Lal Gupta, former MP from Chandni Chowk in Delhi and
BJP general secretary Vijay Goal were among the leaders who
were present on the occasion.

Goal spoke on the "secular character" of BJP. He said
he won MP election thrice from Chandini Chowk with the support
of Muslim voters and "it shows the secular character of BJP".

Local BJP leader Nazir Ahmed, while welcoming the
dignitaries, charged Congress with attempts to tag BJP as
anti-secularist and fundamentalist.

"Muslims are quite secure with BJP and with BJP
governments," he said.

Attacking Congress for its "double-standard" politics,
BJP leader Murup Namgyal -- a reputed singer, a Padma Shree
awardee and a candidates for LAHDC election -- said Congress
is "pretending" that they are also for UT status to Ladakh
"which is completely wrong and are just making people fool".

PTI