New Delhi: BJP on Saturday said it will appeal to Election Commission against the government`s announcement of a special recruitment drive for Muslims in paramilitary forces ahead of Assembly polls in five states, alleging that the move smacked of votebank politics.
BJP Vice-President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi told reporters that his party will next week meet EC officials to lodge a complaint against the announcement, which was allegedly made with the clear intention of appeasing minorities.
"Congress is reminded of all these problems pertaining to the minorities before the elections. This is aimed at political exploitation of votes," he said.
Naqvi charged that before every election, Congress made such announcements to win votes.
"Congress resorts to such gimmickry before polls. In the past, they have announced reservations for Muslims before elections. Now, they are talking about a special recruitment drive. The Home Minister also wrote letters to all state chief ministers that innocent Muslims should not be harassed or detained by police," Naqvi added.
BJP has been maintaining that Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde should have expressed concern for not only innocent Muslims, but for people from all communities.
"Congress is adopting a divide and rule policy," Naqvi said.