New Delhi: BJP on Saturday accused Congress of
shifting the focus of Uttar Pradesh elections from the issues
of corruption and law and order to "divisive politics" for
electoral gains by offering nine per cent reservation to
minorities, taking away a major chunk from the OBC share.
Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley
maintained that issues like good governance, improving law and
order and corruption were the main election issues in Uttar
"But Congress is attempting to change the agenda from
electoral issues to a divisive agenda by offering reservation
on religious lines. It has offered nine per cent reservation
to minorities which the Constitution does not permit. This is
an attempt to divide the society at the time of elections,"
He asked why the UPA had not thought about this issue in
the last seven and a half years it has been in power.
"This provision will make a big hole in the OBC right to
27 per cent reservation. By offering 9 per cent within the
OBC quota (of 27 per cent) to the minorities, the government
is providing for 33 per cent to the latter from the minority
share," Jaitley said.
"The Congress spokesperson has said this offer of nine
per cent reservation to minorities is the personal view of the
minister (Salman Kurshid). Why this dual forked tongue?"
He maintained that even on the Batla House encounter the
government and Congress spoke on different lines and demanded
that the former issue a White Paper to clear the air.