BJP attacks UP govt for denying permission to VHP`s Yatra
Lucknow: The BJP on Tuesday alleged that the Samajwadi Party-led regime in Uttar Pradesh stands exposed of its "communal mentality" and "dual character" by denying permission to VHP`s proposed Yatra from Ayodhya.
Citing Supreme Court directives to maintain status quo at the disputed site, the Uttar Pradesh government had yesterday denied permission to VHP`s `Chaurasi Kosi Yatra` (pilgrimage), scheduled between August 25 and September 13 and aimed at giving a push to its Ram Temple cause.
"There is no fixed date for the Yatra and it is undertaken throughout the year. Government`s decision is wrong and exposes its dual character and communal mentality," BJP state president Laxmi Kant Bajpai said here.
Bajpai said by supporting government`s decision, BSP supremo Mayawati has also proved her mentality of Muslim appeasement.
He also pulled up the state government over its minister Azam Khan`s statement on SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav`s meeting with VHP leaders, and claimed there was a communication gap among the ministers of the state.
Azam had yesterday said that Mulayam`s meeting with VHP leaders will send a wrong signal to the minority community.
"The manner in which Azam issued a statement and raised objection, shows that everything is not right with the government. It confirms that there is a communication gap between the ministers," Bajpai said.
The BJP state president also criticised the UP government for "making Muslims their first priority for the sake of votes", and criticised its today`s decision to allocate 20 per cent funds of all government welfare schemes for a minority scheme.
He said religion-based reservation has been rejected by the Supreme Court, and no legislation has been introduced in Parliament in this regard.
"Talking about its implementation is like misleading the people," he said.
The Samajwadi Party, in its election manifesto, had promised to give reservation to Muslims.
Bajpai said that the state government`s intention to implement Sachar committee and Rangnath Mishra commission recommendations was nothing but vote bank politics, and it will not be possible to implement them.
"We have no objection over extending facilities to Muslims, but then why the same benefits should not be given to people from Dalit, backward and general categories on economic basis," Bajpai said.
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